Monday morning mishmash (Updated)

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He is doomed!

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Hi Everyone,

1. First, a reminder: e-mail me stories for our Change That Matters project.

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2. Recovery (a): Auto makers to report best month of 2010

Brutal winter weather and a still-iffy economy didn’t stop those in the market for a new car from likely making December the auto industry’s strongest sales month of the year…

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3.  Recovery (b): Small business borrowing jumps again

Borrowing by small U.S. businesses jumped in November to the highest level in more than two years, PayNet Inc reported on Monday, as entrepreneurs invested in their businesses and did a better job of paying existing debts.

The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, which measures the overall volume of financing to U.S. small businesses, rose 17 percent in November from a year earlier.

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4. Recovery (c): ISM manufacturing index rises to 57.0 in December

The U.S. manufacturing sector continued to grow in December, marking the 17th straight month of expansion, according to a closely followed index. The Institute for Supply Management on Monday said its index of factory activity rose to 57.0% in December from 56.6% in November. Readings over 50% indicate that more firms are growing than contracting.

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5. President Obama signed the Sept. 11 first responders bill yesterday in Hawaii. The reason for signing in Hawaii and not in a big ceremony at the White House:

White House spokesman Bill Burton said Obama had 10 days to sign the bill after its passage, a window that would have closed by the time the president returned to Washington Tuesday. Because the White House didn’t receive the official bill until after Obama departed Washington Dec. 22, Burton said a staff member who was headed to Hawaii after the president carried it here for his signature.

President Obama’s statement:

“I was honored to sign the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to ensure that rescue and recovery workers, residents, students, and others suffering from health consequences related to the World Trade Center disaster have access to the medical monitoring and treatment they need,” President Obama said in a statement. “We will never forget the selfless courage demonstrated by the firefighters, police officers, and first responders who risked their lives to save others. I believe this is a critical step for those who continue to bear the physical scars of those attacks.”

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6 .Here’s a nice little video from CBS, about the new health care benefits for seniors that kicked in on Saturday. Repeal this!

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7. Well, with the just-say-no new congrss, there will be a lot more time for this: 

Obama to increase engagement with Africa in 2011

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8. President Obama’s 2010 by the numbers:

Speeches, statements and remarks: 491

Since taking office: 883

News conferences and press availabilities: 27

Formal, solo White House Press Conferences: 6

Since taking office: 69 total, 11 WH.

Town hall meetings: 17

Since taking office: 40

Backyard chats: 7

 Domestic trips: 65 spanning 104 days

Since taking office: 111 spanning 176 days

States visited for the first time: 9

Since taking office: 38

Vacation trips: 6 (all or part of 32 days)

Since taking office: 10 spanning 58 days

Foreign trips: 6 trips to 8 countries spanning 22 days.

Since taking office: 16 trips to 25 countries spanning 70 days.

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 Bills signed in 2010: 203.

Since taking office: 329.

 Cabinet meetings: 6

Since taking office: 12

Visits to Camp David:

In 2010: 4 visits, 8 days.

Since taking office: 15 visits: 35 days.

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Interviews: 107 in 2010

Since taking office: 254

Meetings with foreign leaders: In 2010, President Obama had face-to-face meetings with 61 foreign leaders, 30 for the first time.

Days of no appearances: 24

Since taking office: 45

 Prpresidential pardons: 9

138 thoughts on “Monday morning mishmash (Updated)

  1. For the first 2 years of the Obama Presidency I kept waiting for the country and news media to start saying what I had been thinking.

    “President Obama is trying very hard, doing his best, and we need to support him.”

    As Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin kept shouting, I grew more and more discouraged. Coming to BWD each morning is both uplifting and soothing. After reading the mis mash or post of the day, I feel it will all turn out OK. I have renewed energy and hope.

    I will be using some of these wonderful stories at my blog. Thanks to BWD and all of you for this community.

    Virtual Hugs

  2. Good morning, pragmati friends! Have you noticed that there is still TONS of Obama-related good news coming out from 2010? It’s going to be up to us to spread the word about all of it!

  3. I am so enormously grateful to have this place to come to, to find out what’s happening in the world that matters, to see that President Obama is taking action to pull us out of the fire and that’s he’s succeeding.

    Thank you BWD for changing how the world looks to me every day. I was pretty far down, ready to give up and just hope I was dead before the end of the human race. That’s depressed.

  4. I am *loving* those small business borrowing numbers. No doubt but that this is enhanced by legislation passed by Dems for the purpose of giving a hyper-boost to small business lending facilities. These are the types of news items which need to be everywhere; thank you a million BWD!

    And did anyone notice that today, the WH distributed a pictoral roundup of 2010? Hmm, seems like the awesome idea about creating picture roundups for supporters to enjoy is catching on!

  5. With 883 speeches, statements & remarks and 69 news conferences and press availabilities and 40 town hall meetings and 254 interviews, how the heck can anyone ever say this man is not communicating?! Someone (MSM) is just not listening and not reporting.

  6. Good point. The frustrati have the same complaint. Although my guess is, if he communicated with THEM, they’d be quite satisfied.

    I read Signed…last night, and went to bed thinking what if Mac HAD won. America as we know it would be dead, Bush put us in a coffin, Mac would have nailed it down. Thank you to every BO voter, esp the AA community.

  7. So right overseasgranny!
    Everything he has done over the last two years has been reported by our Corp. Owned Media with a caveat emptor (let the buyer beware). Never has his policies been given the credit that they deserve for saving our economy.

    We have had to work from a defensive crouch from day one because of the Right wing media machine that in most cases the MSM is more than willing to let set the tone of debate on any policy put forth by this administration because its just sensational enough to keep their ratings soaring. The persons hurt the most by this is the American public who are kept completely in the dark.

  8. The Democratic base at large also deserves a fist bump IMO. Liberal Dems rate POTUS as highly as African Americans, poll after poll after poll. This, alongside very solid numbers with moderate and conservative Dems, gives POTUS the political legitimacy he needs when making maneuvers. Extraordinary times!

  9. These are unbelievable numbers. I hope you folks are ready for crazy 2011. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

  10. The small business borrowing is something that Obama made a prioity, as well as the larger corporations using some of their massive cash reserves to start hiring. The CNN money website has an article about how this could be the biggest hiring year since 1999. http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/03/news/economy/jobs_economy_recovery_2011/index.htm

    The only downside is that the republicans will try to take credit. Part of our job is to make sure they don’t get away with it.

  11. japa, fingers and toes crossed; the media is *atrocious* and will no doubt fail to give credit but for all of those people out of work, feeling “less than,” struggling so hard, I am just praying that the measures which POTUS and Dems put in place can deliver for them. Big businesses were sitting on record levels of cash wanting those tax cuts for the rich; small businesses couldn’t access credit. Hopefully this is changing. Everyone deserves the chance to make a living, and as all of those Republican Christie voters in NJ buried under the state’s non-response to the blizzard just discovered, “I got mine, too bad for you!” is a lousy governing philosophy!

  12. *blush*

    Thanks. And, yeah, I don’t want my every visit here to be me hawking my blog. But I have made a very concerted effort (both at Eclectablog and at at the other places where I blog) to make sure that information about all the good things we’ve done as Democrats gets out into the mainstream. We should ALL be doing that!

  13. Linda, what and interesting and positive blog! Thanks for telling us here.
    I have book marked it to go back when I have more time. I would like to add it to my blogroll; even though my blog is brand new and has not that many hits, some viewers are friends from other parts of my life and some from the pragmati, and I would like both to find you.

  14. That was the main rwason to why i left those other places. They made me not only sad and gloom, at some point i felt like i’m beginning to doubt the *man*, for no reason but becasue someone on the Internetzz wants me to.

    Hell no.

  15. Yup – the REAL base.

    BTW, sort of related…I was just read Oct 11 NY Magazine’s artcle on the cable news talking heads. Maddow comes across fairly well. The rest INCLUDING the frustrati darling KO, does not. Interesting read.

  16. ‘morning, eclectablog. You sure are a busy fellow, you are everywhere.
    Yes, have noticed, and am so grateful to have BWD collecting it all, along with the other pragmati I am meeting. A BWD commenter has a blog I hadn’t known about before you’re sure to like.
    http://www.whatisworking.com/


  17. The Democratic base at large also deserves a fist bump IMO.

    Hear, Hear.

    I remember the nail-biting at election night, now over two years ago.

    If I recall correctly, the tally was called for Obama at 11 o’clock EST – which is 5 o’clock in the morning in the Netherlands …

    You bet I didn’t show up for work at nine🙂 [ Nor do I have to – I can do all of my work at home, if necessary ]

  18. Good day Linda,
    You have a fine blog. I’ll be visiting regularly.
    Thank you and Happy New Year!

  19. OK – I can’t resist:

    States visited for the first time: 9

    -Since taking office: 38

    States visited during my first coast-to-coast bicycle trip (1986):

    New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California (12).

    States visited during my second coast-to-coast bicycle trip (1996):

    Massachusetts, New York, [Canada, Ontario], Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Washington (8).
    🙂

  20. I think the president is ready now! GOOD NEWS today as Gallup Daily shows him at 50%; that is FIFTY PER CENT! It has been over 6 months since he’s been that high on Gallup Daily!
    YA! HOO! The better opinion the public has of the prez as he enters this hyperpartisan 2 years of investigations, the better for him and his true supporters b/c it will make Issa tread more lightly, if he’s smart!

  21. I just checked out your blog I really liked it. Just one more blog i’ll have to keep reading. My list keeps on growing.

  22. It was awful. Every day I would get so depressed. I was even depressing my husband.

    It was even worse when you left BWD. But, this site changes all of that. Now there are a number of sites that we can discuss issues, but we have more in common than not. One thing I do know. Everyone here adores our President and believes in him.

    I no longer feel depressed. Now I am hopeful.

  23. Are you tired of him? Ireland gives him an approval of 63%, so you can send him over anytime you wish. Poor Ireland could sure use him….even part-time.

  24. Not to be a downer, but it’s the holidays/New Year – people usually feel more positive and optimistic this time of year.

  25. Saint you raise a good point, but you need to look at how these figures compare to the last year at the same, and something tells me that they are BETTER, and not WORSE. Compared to last year at this time, how do these figures compare? That would be an indicator of the “true” improvement in people’s outlook, compared to just the “New Year” effect.

  26. That is really good to know. One thing out of many that i learned from this man, is that we are not doomed to feel doomed. We can decide for a better future. After all, this is what “The audacity of hope” is all about.

  27. Hi Revgerry

    Thanks so much for taking the time to visit the blog.

    I would be honored to be on your blog roll. I had been wanting to have a blog roll and was not sure what the etiquette was. I would like to add your blog to my roll when I put one up.

    My blog is only 2 months old, so we can be “new” together. I wonder if there are any other “newbies” at BWD, it would be good to compare notes.

    If you want to “talk blog” you can always reach me at whatisworking@gmail.com

  28. You are in the Netherlands? Home of my favorite painters🙂

    My sister and I were at a Dem HQ Party. The shock and ecstacy I felt – I get chills now just writing about it!

  29. Thank you for that report!

    (Bad news for the Frustrati, hee)

    He turned our country around. OMG.

  30. To answer my own question, according to Gallup, this specific question has never been asked before.

    “This is the first year in which Gallup has asked this question, and thus it is not known if Americans’ relative optimism at this point is greater or less than it has been in the past.”

  31. Locally, the diffs between last year and this – shoppingwise – is remarkable. Last night – SUNDAY, a week after XMAS, the local mall lot was filled.

    Actually, from what I remember from my Crisis Counseling years, depression is huge this time of year, with an related increase in suicides.

  32. Hi BWD – regarding today’s Gallup numbers…heh heh..I believe the more the Repubs talk abount what they plan to do the more Obama’s approval numbers will raise.
    Nobody wants what the GOP is selling. Hah!

  33. I wasn’t familiar with the article you mentioned so I went looking for it. I take it you meant this one?

    Chasing Fox
    http://nymag.com/news/media/68717/

    If so — it was pretty good — thanks for the heads up.

    The stuff about CNN grabbed my attention. I’m of the opinion that CNN has the most potential of the three and often wonder why they continue to suck. CNN has some pretty good reporters out in the field and they’re everywhere so it seems to me they could be #1 if they’d aim for being the best journalists on the air.

    From what I read in that article — Klein probably needs to go. That he would try to essentially recreate a show that got trashed so badly is indication that he’s not very talented. They need to forget about reporting this side/that side and just try to report accurately — with opinion from this side/that side as guest spots — not as hosts.

    CNN needs to do something about their graphics — too. For some reason — Fox and MSNBC are just more comfortable to look at.

  34. but….but….. we were lectured today by Krugman and others about our naivete in believing any good economic news. You know the drill — the economy isn’t perfect so let’s keep everyone’s fear alive. Even if a good friend of mine just found a job that would accommodate her schedule with her five year old. She hasn’t had a regular job in years, opting to stay home with the kids and do volunteer work at the school.

    Another friend finished a two-year consulting job and found a good paying job that he loves very fast. There had been a bit of a bidding war for his services. He had two recruiters trying to get him. He does some specialist computer work (don’t pretend to understand it). He’s a bit gruff personally, highly educated but not the easiest guy to take to. Yet work was out there for him.

    But by all means, Professor Krugman, let’s make sure the base stays depressed and aren’t allowed to see any good news. Easy to do — we blame Obama if it’s cloudy today much less for being less of a god than you would like him to be. Everything is his fault for not getting a bigger stimulus. And I ask again, Professor: how was he supposed to do that without blowing up all stimulus?

  35. Amen Sistah!!

    The Independents of this country fell for the okie doke and were bamboozled (because we have a lousy media) by the loudest voices in politics (the repubs). Reality is a dog (to put it nicely) and so we’ll see how governing will compare to campaigning.

    The one thing that I always felt the President had on his side was that people of all stripes in this Nation like President Obama and thought of him in favorable terms. They just were squeamish about some of his policies and that’s what drove his numbers down.

    Now that they see him meeting the Repubs half way and them just continuing their same ole bashfest I think the Repubs are in for a rude awakening.

    Look for something really negative to hit the media by them once they realize that he his winning back the public. That is their usual MO.

  36. As long as the Obama administration and the Dem’s laser-focus on Republicans, we win the perception wars.

    Repeal health care? Make sure the seniors know what will be ‘repealed’ — all the benefits that no one knew about before the midterms. The cost ratio meaning insurance companies have to take care of you instead of just their bottom line. Keeping your kids on your plan. No pre-existing conditions for kids (I know there are issues with that exact provision, but come on, people: the Republicans lie, we can do a whole lot better using the truth!)

    So you’re going to repeal health care, Repubs? What are you going to do about 50 million uninsured Americans? What is the number of kids up to 26 who can now have insurance? Send these people to ER’s?

    Who pays for the ER, Republicans? You can go to an ER if you’re bleeding, but you don’t get chemo in an ER, do you?

    Ask them what they are going to do — all the time, all day long, 24/7. Ask them how deregulation would have prevented the BP oil spill. Oh, wait. We already know.

    Ask them why it’s fine to strip the closing of a tax loophole for foreign corporations that paid for 9/11 first responders’ health care and add to the deficit when it helps foreign corporations. Ask why the middle class should give up college tax credits in order for a foreign corporation to pay less taxes. Explain how killing the middle class helps this nation.

    Just keep asking. Keep throwing it back. Make them explain how a ‘health savings account’ helps anyone who can’t put enough money in a savings account.

    Make the Republicans explain how an investigation into ‘climate-gate’ is going to help Americans get access to health care or a decent education. Explain, please.

    It’s time for the Obama administration to have a few pit bulls who keep the outrage front and center. Who ask what Republicans solutions are and call them liars when they lie.

  37. More somewhat good news…

    I just talked to my cousin who just added her 2 children back on her insurance today. They had a big meeting at her company with the human resource manger who explained the new healthcare law and the open enrollment. Even though the law changed in September, a lot of companies and insurance companies waitied until the new year for open enrollment.

    She told me that a few of folks she works with are republicans and after they learned of what they can get with the new law they absolutely loved the fact that they can add their children back on their insurance. She said it was like they were in another world the last year when all this was in the news regarding the new healthcare options. Now that they are feeling the benefits in their own lives it will maybe change the dynamic of folks trying to repeal this law.

  38. You’re doing a great job. Thank you and BWD and the other ‘pragmati’ who understand how real progress is made.

  39. This is a bit off topic, but has been in the back of my mind for day.

    As a new member I sometimes read initials and terms I am not familiar with. I have made a page with the terms I have figured out, and also listed some things I am clueless on.

    BWD. is such a optimistic and hopeful place I believe it can attract folks who were previously turned off by blogging or “political” sites. I was thinking this page might be useful to them as well.

    Please let me know what I have missed. I would also like to add the etiquette of blogging.

    Finally if anyone knows of a page that has this done already – we can use that instead. I couldn’t find it in a quick google.

    http://www.sonic.net/~webclass/dog/acronyms.html

  40. It’s illuminating how different things can look if you stop getting all of your information from the frustrati. I no longer assume that I am getting all of the information I need from those sites to be properly informed. When good news is suppressed and bad news inflated then it’s time to find a reality-based community.

    I love it here!

  41. That is so kwel, What is working.

    To get an avatar (picture); click on to your generic picture, it will take you to Gravatar.com, there you can set up an account, and you can choose a picture from the Internet or you computer etc; and set that as your avatar.

    You can use whatever name you like and whatever picture/symbol you like

  42. Yes, that was the article. It underlined exactly what we have surmised. Real journalism is moribund. These imposters took a the MO of celebrity journalism and ran with it. The quote fron KO was telling – his goal was to own a niche in this world. Not on any of Edward R Murrow’s top ten lists as a personal aspiration. The way he speaks about his “colleagues.” Junior High caefeteria time. No wonder he and the frustrati are soul mates.

  43. I wish I didn’t click on the poll link. I mean the President’s approval rating has been in the high 40’s -low 50’s ever since the midterms. Actually even before the midtems and it is 50% on that poll yet they have a headline under it saying “season of progress does little for obama’s approval rating”.
    WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!! does this president have to have a frigging 100% approval rating before they stop concern trolling him?
    AND Dear Gallup asshole, it’s President Obama not OBAMA!!!

    Sorry guys, had to vent.

  44. Hi Starmm

    I have updated the page with your instructions, thanks so much for your help.

  45. Remember this night three years ago today? Barack Obama wins Iowa caucus, January 3, 2008. The night that started it all.

  46. Hi everyone! What great economic news today. I’m so grateful we’ve developed a community of blogs in support of President Obama and that can get this great news out to America.

    Some random observations I’d like anyone’s thoughts on:

    1. I noticed a new meme of measurement for President Obama that’s being pushed in the MSM. They all want to link his re-election to the unemployment number. So no matter how good the economic news is, if that number doesn’t change, they will want to use that to say he has not succeeded. That’s hogwash and we can’t let that happen. We must keep pushing and sharing the great economic truth with everyone we know. We have to keep the republicans from taking credit for the President’s hard work.

    2. Darrell Issa. Is there any bigger creep or crook? We’ve got to be on him and stop his phony investigations. He already called PBO “the most corrupt president in history” but had to walk it back. Let’s help ‘ol Darrell out and short circuit his agenda before it begins. Suggestions?

    3. Adult conversation. If I hear this republican talking point one more time, I’m going to hurl. This from the party of no that acts like two-year-olds. They know how to lie and steal, but adults they are not.

    They are still not telling America what they’re for. Still no solutions. Just this stupid talking point.

    4. Let’s see how many talking heads mention President Obama’s rising poll numbers.

    5. Republicans want to give Paul Ryan the authority to set budget limits (or something like that). Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was talking about this on a CBS show yesterday. It would take away the representatives vote.

    How can we stop this from happening?

    Strapping on my running shoes; we’ve got lots of work to do this year and next.

  47. it is ok kelly i feel your pain as a matter of fact i feel thesame way but they will not never learn, remenber 2008 when they don’t care to know the sweep that is coming until they all got sewpt-up by the outcome, well, it is coming again 2012 you know what i think is even better it makes the popcorn watch party even sweeter……i can’t wait againnnnnnnnnn

  48. One other thing that’s been on my mind: We need to keep reminding the republicans and the stupid media that the republicans only won control of the House, not the Senate and the White House.

    Listening to them braying to the media and the right-wing controlled pundits, you’d think there was a whole scale swing in their direction. It’s sickening.

  49. What a night that was! I cried as I watched the caucus reports come in. Then I cried some more when then candidate Obama gave that phenomenal speech. He was so awesome!

  50. It is great to see the healthcare reform getting some positive press. I dare the House to try to repeals these reforms. Actually, I hope they try. They will be out of a job come 2012.

  51. I’m still amazed at the number and type of comments being posted on that “I’m Greatful” post. There are comments under every photo. Some of the photos have over 100 comments, in addition to the 400+ comments on the main post. There must be over 1,000 comments in total if you add up the comments on the main post and all the comments under the photos. These are first-time commenters, too. Very genuine sounding people. Where do people find this blog? Why do they post comments under the photos? This is incredible!

  52. I did something I had wanted to for the last month, petty or not…checked out the site meter of a PL blog. To the untrained eye, the traffic graph indicates a steadily decreasing traffic level – perhaps 25 or 30%.

    We have the mojo. BO is at 50%, anecdotally, I like what I see as well.

  53. Goes to show how foul the media is. I remember that after the tax cut deal purity swarm, gallup polled Dems and found that there was not this huge collapse in support as was so predicted by the PL. gallup’s headline? “Liberal support remains muted”—except that support was sky-high and less than six or so percentage points off from where it was all year. It’s unreal, how the media is so in the tank with this fantasy that POTUS is hated.

  54. As per Ryan and the budget we need to get out ahead of this and talk about the draconian measures he supports: the privatization of Social Security and the dismantling of Medicare ie. turning it into a voucher system. Here is an excellent article by Ezra Klein detailing exactly what Ryan envisions: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/02/rep_paul_ryans_daring_budget_p.html

    So he claims to be able to reduce the deficit but on whose back and at what costs?

  55. I think that BWDs blog is being picked up in various ways… and it’s so POSITIVE that people are sending it to each other. And then someone did create a you-tube slide show w/ music which was also picked up by various blogs and other places.

    I think it’s also because people are just looking for POSITIVITY (is that a word??! LOL) And this site is based on positive energy. 🙂

  56. The comments-under-the-photos thing just blows my mind again and again. I have no fraking idea what is this thing, or how these people found this place – in fact, there’s nothing that i can explain about the reaction to that post, but it’s a little miracle. When i see more and more comments coming all the time – i feel like i have two hearts beating.

  57. hey WiW!!! So… you’re like those who somehow found this place like those who’ve been posting on I’m grateful. How did _you_ find BWDs blog??!! If you don’t mind sharing!

    Me, my connection was from another site.

    PS – you’ve got a nice blog going yourself! 🙂

  58. Fired up. Ready to go.

    “House Democrats are hiring a top attorney from Barack Obama’s National Security Council to help lead their charge against Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the committee, has tapped Dave Rapallo, an experienced congressional investigator, to be the Democratic staff director for the oversight panel, which will be the center of attention for a wide range of investigations as Republicans take control of the House.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/46981.html#ixzz1A0kcMXJk


  59. Krugman has his reputation on the line.

    What might be at work here is “Let’s ask a Nobel Prize winner – he can’t be wrong”.

    Krugman got his Nobel for a very specific piece of research in Economics – one cannot assume that he knows everything about all of the subject.

    That said, about the stimulus there were these remarks of him that clearly could use a dose of “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”, in other words – what the Obama administration got out of it was a compromise, but it was better than nothing.

    With respect to the “rescue of the banks”, I cringed when President Obama, in a little publicized statement, said that every dollar invested in banks would mean 7 or 8 dollars (-errr, my memory) invested in the economy.

    No doubt that’s true, but it only works if those banks are functioning corporations. Certainly, Krugman can’t write in the New York Times that this measure won’t work because the banks are basically insolvent because of the mortgage crisis – they would sue him into oblivion (operating a business while insolvent is a crime).

    Let’s be clear – I am a physicist, not an economist – I don’t know how this got solved, or even if it already has been solved. But I was mightily scared about this problem …

  60. I didn’t realize that there were comments under the photos until today. I had one of those Oh. My. God. moments when I saw that there were over 100 comments under that first photo. Then I clicked on all the photos and read all the comments under them. It’s really incredible.

  61. i grew up in the Netherlands (The Hague) with my grandparents, right after WWII. Beautiful, warmhearted, strong country.

    But my son was in Britain on election night, I remember calling him, and everyone was cheering there too, and for days, everyone he met (many people, he is in a popular band) came up to him, so thrilled to find an American to congratulate. From what I gather, Europe was even happier than we were.. had less control I guess, couldn’t vote.

  62. Darrel Issa is about to make a fool out of him self he has already backed down. We should not let this be the topic on the sites, this is what Issa wants attention.

  63. Question: Is there nothing that can be done to prevent Issa from wasting taxpayer’s money on a witch hunt at a time when average Americans are in financial straits? Or, at a crucial time for the country as it tries to rebuild? Why, oh why don’t these guys take their jobs seriously? In an ideal world there would be a more immediate way (other than the next election)to curtail poor day-to-day job performance by politicians. ‘Real’ Americans don’t have the luxury to deliberately state they are going to clutter up the work environment and then go ahead and do so with no consequence!

  64. Yes, blackwaterdog, the point of power is the present and any positive action we take now matters. And it is not a small thing to interact with one another with kindness and respect, hopefully setting off a chain of reactions that will bring about a change in the zeitgeist. As I read recently in an art review: “. . . thought precedes action (or should), so carving out space for the impossible might spark the beginning of radical change.” The psychological healthiness radiated by President Obama is new in our political system, and we can hope it will eventually trickle down to the populace.

  65. Fifty percent?? We’re doooommmmmed!! Oh wait. Seems just yesterday I was watching or listening to some of the punditry discussing Obama’s numbers and one said if he should be able to achieve and maintain a 50% approval rating he’ll be a lock for reelection. He also noted that at this particular time in Clinton’s career he was at 40% and Reagan was at 43% …. DOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM!!!!!!

  66. PoO: I am reading my way down the thread, and I too shared a concern about Issa above. It would be a big deal if a message could be sent to him and his colleagues that people are tired of them wasting time and money in a meaningless way. IMHO, it’s one thing when the opposition party is really trying to rein in poor planning/ideas on the part of the ruling party, and quite another when they’re acting as[s]ininely AND are still being paid! Individual politicians who obstruct for the sake of obstructing should be fined…or, or, or, something! It is frustrating to see them be able to get away with these publicized gimmicks!!!!

  67. OSG: Thanks for this info – it releases some of my mounting ire with this idiot. 🙂

  68. I hope your cousin will use this example to say to those republicans that they are MISLEAD by the right wing media they are watching.

    More than any fight for a particular policy, the ESSENTIAL fight for these next two years will be on INFORMATION. Every supporter of the President and democrats has to fight back the smears, the lies, the distorsions, the omissions.

  69. Election night memories…I think we all remember the shot of Jesse Jackson sobbing…

    We are probably visiting Nova Scotia in the summer. I was so envious the last time we were in Canada. They don’t have HIM (GB).

    I noticed your mention of a spiritually oriented blog. I am Buddhist. Is Eastern Contemplative Philosophy discussed there? I had looked into – I believe he called himself Pastor D on GOS – was not enticed to join.

  70. He and his backers will be DESPISED by the public. The historians will have a field day…”In the midst of the best economic period in years, a POTUS with 50% approval ratings, constructive legislation accomplished in too many areas to mention, a group of “patriots”…”

  71. Elijah Cummings was a very strong and very early supporter of President Obama, he speaks forcefully about what he believes in, and I am glad to see he is the one who will be taking on Issa. I saw Cong. Cummings up close from our Maryland for Obama group and I have tremendous respect for him. He won’t take crap from people.

  72. Study shows Fox News causes cerebral hemorrhoids

    Regular exposure to Fox News may cause intellectual anemia, brain damage and even cerebral hemorrhoids, according to a new study by University of Maryland.

    The study confirmed what many have long suspected, that Fox News rots your brain with agenda-driven propaganda and ultimately leads to a cruel form of dementia called Rupert Murdoch Syndrome.

    Lawyers for longtime viewers filed a $1.2 billion class-action suit today, alleging that Fox News crippled their ability to distinguish between fact and right-wing fiction.

    A spokesman responded that Fox News’ logo is “fair and balanced.”

    In deposed testimony obtained from FoxyLeaks, one litigant says: “I’ve been watching Fox News for years. Now I find out the president DIDN’T attend a terrorist kindergarten in Indonesia and he ISN’T going to jail people for violating Obamacare. What next: No death panels?”

    Some are now calling for a warning label in the lower left corner of particularly misleading Fox News broadcasts. Possible sample text: “The Surgeon General has determined that Glenn Beck’s program contains harmful, toxic levels of misinformation, propaganda, arsenic, rat feces and tar.”

    Other side effects of prolonged exposure to Fox News may include degenerative ideological sclerosis, electile dysfunction and restless middle-finger syndrome.

    http://thedailypalin.com/hg/2010/12/study_fox_news_causes_cerebral.html

  73. It does with our POTUS, but it’s more circular than that, I think. Thought, behvior and emotion, also serving as triggers and reinforcement for each other. It’s hard to ease it all apart, but my guess is BO comes as close as any mortal🙂

  74. As I read through the last few comments I was struck by a few points

    1. Once the folks at Nonie’s work saw the Health Care benefits they loved them. this made me realize that once folks see the facts the law sells itself.

    2. Another comment was – we need to get the word out.

    3. This group is a source of information we can use to get the word out. This group can also be a place to develop a concrete game plan.

    4. Here are a few ideas, I am sure there are dozens more.

    5. We develop a “story for the day”. When we are in the lunch room at work, eating dinner with the family or visiting at church we need a “success story”. Maybe it will be “did you hear about all the new Health Care benefits that kicked in Jan 2011? ” or “I just read about how small business loans are picking up?” Then we need to add a hopeful comment like, “You hear a lot of negative things about the Health Care Law, but the more I learn about it the more I like it” or “it takes time to get out of this mess, but we are making progress”. I don’t mean to put words in your mouth, what I mean is, sometimes it can be scary to speak up about these issues, and before you try it, having a phrase in mind can help.

    5. We need talking points, short simple phrases that are easy to remember and make an impression. The comment about Obama Care becoming Obama Cares is a good start. They can be related to a specific issue like “The President really cares about the average working family” or “he’s done more in 2 years that Bush did in 8”. I am not very good at coming up with these phrases but I know you guys could up with some great ones.

    6. Another concept is to concentrate our efforts on a cause of the week. Someone was talking about making sure there were lots of Obama supporters calling in to a radio show, that is a great idea. It made me think we could pick one great news story and all go there and make a positive comments over a 2-3 day period. What if all of us had commented on Frank Sheiffers article? How cool would that have been.

    7. In some cases having a fact or figure can be helpful. One of my favorites is “more private sector jobs have been created in the first 2 years of the Obama presidency than in the entire 8 years of Bush’s administration”

    8. If BWD is up for it we could have a strategy page, talking points pages, and a page with facts and figures.

    I would be happy to help build them, if you folks think they would be useful.

    8. Finally a note to BWD, this is your blog and if this is not the direction you want to take the blog I totally understand. I am new to this blogging stuff so if I have made way to many suggestions just tell me to “shush up” my family does it all the time and I love them anyway.

  75. I will NEVER forget Jesse Jackson on election night. never.
    I have a conversation up on my blog right now, has been up a few days, about how our spiritual beliefs inform our politics. I would love to hear your thoughts. My (new) blog is “Open Hearted Musings” revgerry.wordpress.com

    I am asking some of my fb friends to come over too, we aren’t done yet.

    If you are reading this, and you are a committed (or questioning) Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Wiccan, Atheist, Hindu, etc, please please come share your thoughts.

    Just like race, faith bears discussion in the public square, because it is part of the window through which we see each other.

    thanks…

  76. Love your blog, Linda. You are now bookmarked for me. Thanks so much for coming here and sharing this.

  77. you are doing a great job and I really appreciate all that you are doing. Keep it up ♥

  78. Hang in there, Kiddo. The Prez hasn’t given up and neither have any of us here.

  79. Emails, calls, faxes, letters, bury them in paper every day. Let them know that “we the people” have had enough of their BS. That’s my plan, anyway.

  80. These people are President Obama’s true “base.” BWD built this site and they came. ♥ to you BWD

  81. You have some great ideas and if you haven’t already done so check out “The People’s View” A lot of posters there are working on the same things. BWD comments there herself and a lot of good people are trying to get focused now for the next two years.

  82. PUMA = Party Unity My A$$ This refers to a semi-militant group of people who supported Hillary Clinton during the primaries and simply will not let it go.

  83. I think a lot of Republicans are going to be happily surprised by the benefits of the health care bill. The Republican Congress’s attempt to repeal the bill is going to be a huge political mistake for them.

  84. what do you guys think of mayor daley of chicago brother as chief of staff.

  85. She should have stopped at her “Favorite Bar” answer.

    Does that ridiculous pandering pass as leadership these days? I bet one of the others answered “the bible”.

  86. Am I the only one hoping for a ” At long last, Sir, don’t you have any decency ? ” moment some time this year ?

    I mean… we all know the MSM is salivating because they’re expecting a lot of controversy and fireworks in the next year. Issa and others seem to prepare for going full crazy in the next months.

    But I can’t bring myself to believe there won’t be some time when every sane person in America, journalists included, will finally say “ENOUGH !!!”

  87. Going back to Chicago is interesting. William Daley will piss off everybody on the fringes – on the left because he works for JPMorgan and on the fringe right because of his connection to CFR.

    There is talk that President Obama would look to the corporate world for his CoS, because he’s been painted as so anti-business, but at least Daley coming from such a political family and working in the White House before in the Clinton Administration would understand the political power of the role, and how access is power.

    Other than that I really have no opinion.

  88. LMAO = Laughing my ass off
    ROTFLMAO = Rolling on the floor laughing my ass off🙂
    Colon : and ] = smiling face (I think)

  89. I have to say it’s one of the rare occasions when I’m puzzled by President Obama’s decision.

    From a purely political perspective, it could be a very costly decision. Despite his years as a public servant, Mr. Dealy will be identified as a banker coming to work in a very very high level position. President Obama has a history of not giving any importance to the “optics” of politics, but in that case… jeeezzz… I wish he would reconsider.

  90. I found from wordpress you had stooped by my blog too; thanks, sjterrid.

    Went looking to see if you had shared any thoughts, but none so far… same login as bwd – we both use wordpress. Look forward to getting to know you – LOVE your gravatar.

  91. Frank Luntz must have found that the “uncertainty” meme tests really well. One of the new Congress-critters who is going to sleep in his office to bring him ‘closer to the people’ just announced on the Last Word that the “uncertainty” of having to pay for Obamacare (his word, not mine) is the reason that small businesses — ‘the engine of American jobs’ aren’t going to be hiring.

    Aren’t small businesses getting tax breaks to provide insurance? Won’t the exchanges mean that individuals will have choice and competition for health insurance (I may be wrong about that — correct me if I’m wrong).

    Isn’t “uncertainty” the absolute best Republican word ever?

  92. It’s Daley, not Dealy.

    Bill Daley has experience in the Clinton Administration. I don’t think it’s as controversial as everyone thinks, but then again it’s Republicans ginning up a strawman.

  93. I remember every minute of that—-lived and died with every bit of news and was following closely with old friends there from my old home state. It was so thrilling. I knew Iowa was key from the beginning—-watched every c-span coverage of Obama meeting with a group of rural folks in some farm yard and studied all their faces —hoping, hoping, hoping. And then the outcome, and I thought—away we go!

  94. Thanks I took the gravator from one of bwd’s pictures that she posted. I was just at your blog and posted a comment. I only recently started making more comments. I like to read comments better than writing them. There are so many wonderfully written comments, and I am always learning new things.

  95. I can’t speak for all small business but I can speak for just one. My daughter and her husband have a small business. They were recently able to buy insurance for themselves and their employees at a good rate. My daughter has a heart condition so this was a great relief to her.

    Also the Tax bill will allow them to buy some badly needed equipment which they will be buying from a local small manufacturer. Their business has been slowly picking up so they were able to hire some new people.

    They love President Obama and give him credit for all of this.

  96. I remember that night for sure. I was cleaning and had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I saw that he won Iowa. Until that point I completely dismissed the thought that America would elect a black man for president. After that night I became glued to politics.

  97. Thanks for posting there, sjterrid. I appreciated you sharing your mixed spiritual training, and that the value of caring for others in need tied them together.

    I think comments are really important, they build relationships and bonds – then bonds and relationships build trust, and trust makes for a mighty team!

    Today earlier I also had a really loving exchange about race in the comments here, so important we share who we are and not just “action items.”

    Race and religion – things we don’t talk about that the right does (and in such a negative and hateful way.)

    And for those of us just barely starting blogs we love to know you visited, it means a lot, and also means we might make a new friend..

  98. V.C., thanks for your thoughts on this. I believe that the phones calls and letters sent to his office will be very effective in this case. We want him to be more specific,and he has to tell us what are the facts that he has, and we want to see them. We can request them. Otherwise, he is just wasting our taxes. And we do not want hot-air and staged performances. We will not sit back and allow him to do this to President Obama. This will not be a nineties all over again. E mail, and phone calls to the Rep.

  99. This is great – and I’m sure these ideas would be effective. After all, “one voice can change a room”…

  100. I saw this character on the Last Word. What a joke and an idiot. So, he wants to sleep in his office, as some sort of gimmick. And let the taxpayers foot the bill for his electricity and water? What a leech. They should deduct his pay. The rest of us have to pay our rent/mortgages, bills – he wants to live off the government, all the while he denounces it. These people are complete hypocrites! I’ve run out of words to describe my disgust.

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