Hold the press! Krugman gives PBO a compliment!

Sure, it comes with pain, but hey, can’t be greedy:

There are three things you need to know about the current budget debate. First, it’s essentially fraudulent. Second, most people posing as deficit hawks are faking it. Third, while President Obama hasn’t fully avoided the fraudulence, he’s less bad than his opponents — and he deserves much more credit for fiscal responsibility than he’s getting.


What would a serious approach to our fiscal problems involve? I can summarize it in seven words: health care, health care, health care, revenue.


That’s why I say that Mr. Obama gets too little credit. He has done more to rein in long-run deficits than any previous president. And if his opponents were serious about those deficits, they’d be backing his actions and calling for more; instead, they’ve been screaming about death panels.



124 thoughts on “Hold the press! Krugman gives PBO a compliment!

  1. That is so neat. Our brilliant president is working hard to build alliances to boost our country while the repugs are lying and cheating and stealing from America.

    President Obama = unstoppable in 2012.

  2. I’m glad that Krugman is choosing to focus upon the real culprits here, but Krugman/Lucy has pulled the football away too many times for me to get too happy about any of his columns. But I’m glad that he’s telling part of the truth: President Obama’s budget is in accordance with the public’s (IMO so utterly wrongheaded) desire to see spending cut. There is not enough focus or discussion about the GOP’s budget, what it means, and whether the cuts they suggest, finally specified, make any sense whatsoever in a country struggling to lift ourselves out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

  3. Beautiful! This is what I meant about President Obama keep moving and trying to make this a better country and world for our times now and into the future. We must be so grateful to be living during this time to see such a wonderful President of these United States. I am grateful!!

  4. BWD:

    You are beautiful!!! You just made this “golden gracefulness” elated today. Thanks for this great site. It is really calming to come here and read, comment, and think. Thank you so very much!!!!!!


  6. Let me get my coat – I think he’ll just froze over!

    Shocking ! a professional lefty giving a compliment to our President and acknowledging the tremendous job our President has done to address long erm problems????

  7. It’s nice to see POTUS credited, true. I think that it’s going to be more and more difficult for the PL to maintain their contention that it’s all about POTUS with the GOP in the House and governors’ mansions. Republicans are in the spotlight now.

  8. “and he deserves much more credit for fiscal responsibility than he’s getting.”

    Did Krugman say that out loud? I don’t believe
    it 🙂

  9. I wish I could say I’m surprised.
    Why do Republicans seek to demonize teachers? These good people educate our children for goodness’ sake! And they often buy supplies out of their own pockets. With such low pay, they need the benefits they receive.

    I fully expect my state to be next. Wonder what the teachers who voted Republican will think then?!

  10. Krugman has got a lot more work to do than praising President Obama one time.

    But for the time being, glad to see him get off his soapbox and into the realm of reality.

  11. Where are you hearing this?

    Seems like there are some stories going around that are based an a National Enquireer article.

    Don’t happen to have a reliable link do you?

  12. Helen Thomas stepped in it again (h/t Alexander at wsy):


    Helen Thomas doubts Obama’s liberalism: ‘Because he was black, I thought he would automatically be’ liberal

    The Daily Caller

    February 17, 2011

    Partial transcript as follows (Video- 5:19 in):

    BEHAR: Things have changed. And President Obama, do you like him? Do you think he is doing a good job? We started out the conversation before about it a little bit.

    THOMAS: I think he lacks courage

    BEHAR: He lacks courage?

    THOMAS: And he is not a liberal. I had hoped he was. I suppose I thought he was, because he was black, I thought he would automatically be–

    BEHAR: Well, that was your mistake.

    THOMAS: That was my mistake. I thought he would be a liberal.

    BEHAR: Can’t judge a person by the color.

    THOMAS: Absolutely. You are so right. But I really thought that he would have an empathy for all the blacks, what they had gone through in life.

    BEHAR: Well, I think he does have empathy, but he is up against a Republican machine, and he has to get reelected. You know, I mean, he’s in a tough spot. Doesn’t he have to get re-elected? He needs the middle, doesn’t he?

    THOMAS: You take a stand on something in your life. You should have principles and stick to them.



    This is similar to Bill Maher suggesting that POTUS should be more like Suge Knight. IMO the complaint is not about POTUS’ personal liberalism; they want an ideologue to “take it to the man” with heaps of red meat, not a pragmatist who is secure in his own views, but is willing to compromise to make some progress.

  13. I’ve “seen” it too and don’t recall where, but the report wasn’t associated with The Enquirer. But it does certainly seem plausible.

    When Steve Jobs took his last, long leave-of-absence, I believe he was being treated for pancreatic cancer, and he has looked quite gaunt since. He’s now taken a second leave, this one sounding permanent. Pancreatic cancer is like that — the patient gets better for a time — then the disease returns in far worse form.

    Patrick Swazey, who died of pancreatic cancer, had the same type of mid-disease resurgence, recovered enough to do a television series, until he abruptly fell seriously ill again and died within weeks.

    Sadly, pancreatic cancer has a very poor long-term recovery rate.

  14. I fear so but I really hope not. Because this is such an all hands on deck moment while for the past two years a lot of those hands were asleep at the wheel. Krugman is a smart guy who has influence. President Obama is the leader of the Democratic party whether folks like it or not, and it’s about time that people start telling the truth about what’s going on, and how radical the GOP has become, and how that affects the country. I’d kiss the ground if Krugman got over his ODS because he’s too smart to be spending this period of just unbelievable positivity in so many respects, tearing down a POTUS who is headed for the history books.

  15. What a lovely dinner toast! I can only imagine how intriguing that meeting must have been with so many creative, brilliant minds and urgent change agents at the table, the President being the grandest of them all. Fun!

    It must have pained Krugman to pen those words.

    And BTW, screw you, Helen Thomas.

  16. Obama’s chief scientific adviser on climate change and congress critters.

    “For the time being, Professor Holdren faces a more sceptical Congress than he would like, and one that proposes a series of congressional hearings to assess the science of climate change.

    Professor Holdren says he is relishing the opportunity.

    “Any objective look at what science has to say about climate change ought to be sufficient to persuade reasonable people that the climate is changing and that humans are responsible for a substantial part of that – and that these changes are doing harm and will continue to do more harm unless we start to reduce our emissions.

    “If Congress wants to have a series of hearings to illuminate these issues, they are going to get illuminated.”



  17. I just watched this video and was very moved. I think the Democrats are finding their voice to fight back and the Republicans seem to be unaware of when they push women to far.

    A moving speech by Jackie Spier on abortion and planned parenthood

  18. The two women are Carol Bartz, Yahoo! President and CEO, and John Doerr’s wife Ann. John Doerr is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (the most prominent venture capital firm in Silicon Valley) and was a major fundraiser and adviser for the Obama campaign. The dinner was at their home in Woodside, a gorgeous area in the hills near Stanford University.

  19. Mr. Jobs does have pancreatic cancer. He has been having up and downs for a quite a long time now. It is actually amazing that they have kept him alive for this long. It is a terrible cancer–very deadly.

    As I remember from the Seattle paper, he is taking a leave for a while. He has done that before, so let’s wish the man the best.

  20. ‘You take a stand on something in your life. You should have principles and stick to them.’

    And you’d better stick to them in the way I THINK YOU SHOULD STICK TO THEM!

    These armchair critics have become more and more predictable and therefore more redundant. They are so eager to show their ‘wisdom’ in criticizing the President that they don’t realize that they themselves are not growing. I find nothing new or insightful about their criticism.s Years later it’s still basically ‘he’s not doing what we want’. I frankly prefer the president we’ve got – a man who’s confident in himself and who is working, in a meaningful way, to have his ‘principles’ realized, so at the end of the road we can see what he has accomplished, versus their high-flown ideals. Since we already see it happening, I anticipate that more will get done his way than theirs.

  21. Agreed. You know he is an expert in all things. teehee.

    I am with BWD. Mostly because the angst crowd adores him. It will muddle their brains.

  22. A high-ranking aide to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told Democratic chiefs of staff that a government shutdown is more likely than not, according to attendees.

    Speaking at a regular meeting of the top aides to House Democrats, Pelosi’s floor director, Jerry Hartz, offered up, unprompted, his assessment that the odds favor inaction before the government runs out of money, sources said.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49814.html#ixzz1EKfF1fEe

    Oh Brother! They must want to see if the wH can handle the messaging for the debt ceiling vote! Jeeesh! Thes GOPERS are freakin over reaching, or what?

  23. GOP takes the opposite of what is happening and then twists it:

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee berated President Obama on Friday for his “unfortunate involvement” in the Wisconsin labor protests.

    In a Fox News interview, Huckabee said Obama is “trying to make this class warfare,” out of a bill that would eliminate the collective bargaining rights of public sector workers in an effort to reduce the budget deficit.

    “This is a president who would not be sitting in that office were it not for public sector unions who rallied for him in a significant way,” Huckabee said. “He didn’t have to go this far.”

    The former presidential contender told Fox News that Obama has been unduly influenced by public sector unions, and that he is now asking taxpayers to foot the bill for an overrun in pension and benefit costs.

    “The president however, at risk of being indelicate, he’s had more sleep-over’s from Andy Stern at the SEIU than any other guest at the White House,” Huckabee said.

    “If the states go bankrupt, the people who want an extra 10 dollars will be losing thousands of dollars,” he said.

    Politico 44-

  24. Very well said! They try to use these character attacks as leverage to “force” President Obama into adopting what are in many cases their extremely short-sighted ideas. I personally don’t need a lot of pomp and ceremony, red meat, plays/skits, and the assorted theatrics which masquerade as “action;” I’ll definitely take what we’ve got thank you very much, lol. Now if we could just convince swing voters…


    A blizzard of House amendments aimed at cutting $100 billion from the federal budget included one from Rep. Steve Womack, an Arkansas Republican, to cut funding for President Obama’s beloved teleprompter.

    Womack told Fox News that it’s about tough love: “We’re asking people to do more with less. And I think the president ought to lead by example. He is already a very gifted speaker. And I think that’s one platform he could do without,” Womack said.

    The teleprompter! The TOTUS. Obama relies on it probably more than he relies on Bill Daley. It has its own blog (updated quarterly, but still). It’s probably making a deputy chief of staff salary. When Obama leaves office, it’s likely to be memorialized on The Mall. There are some things you just don’t mess with, and the TOTUS is sacred and inviolable. These House Republicans!

    Womack later pulled his amendment from consideration, saying he couldn’t get a read on how much it would save.

    “I think we made our point,” Womack said.

    P- 44-

  26. God bless you for posting this moving, heartfelt and wonderful video by Congresswoman Speier. She moved me tears. I think everyone on both sides should watch this amazing woman articulate this issue.

  27. Well, good on Behar. At least she challenged Helen. It is pretty clear that Helen has lost more than a few marbles. That does not mean she doesn’t believe what she said, but come on Helen. I thought you were smarter than that.

  28. what the congressman don’t know is that He don’t need a tele prompter, hes smart enough to deliver a message without it. He has proven that.

  29. Wow! These guys are losing it, all to placate the tea baggers:

    The House GOP approved an amendment to a government-spending bill that would block funding for the Obama administration’s so-called policy “czars,” appointed advisers to the president that have been much-criticized by Republicans.

    The vote was 249-171.


    I just cannot believe all this shit, at once! MERCY!

  30. What a jack-a**.
    Here’s one for Womack – Give up your free health insurance that’s paid for by the tax-payers.

  31. By Josiah Ryan

    A bill to reform the U.S. patent process will be the second major piece of legislation taken up by Senate when it returns from the Presidents Day break on Feb. 28.

    The Patent Reform Act of 2011, S. 23, was reported to the full Senate in early February by the Judiciary Committee, and is supported by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Two similar versions of the bill have been passed by the committee since 2008 but have failed to advance.

    The bill would modernize the U.S. patent system, moving it from a first-to-file system to a first-to-invent system. That change, aimed at reducing patent litigation costs, would bring the U.S. system in line with those of almost every other country in the world.

    Also on the agenda for the last week of February are two judicial confirmations: Amy Totenberg and Steve Jones, both to be U.S. District judge for the Northern District of Georgia.

    The Senate will convene at 2 p.m. on Feb. 28 and proceed to morning business after Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) reads George Washington’s Farewell Address to the Senate.

    The Hill-

    Its good the senate is working in a bi-partisan fashion, that FAA bill passed yesterday by a 89-8 vote. And getting these judicail nominees to be voted on, is also good!

  32. Are you kidding me???? Outrageous. These morons will do anything to belittle the president.

  33. Michael Landon die from this disease, too. But there have been others who survived it, President Nelson Mandela and Rob Stewart. I’m going to.pray for him because the Lord is a Healer. I hope he stays positive, that’s important.

  34. I know that all these heavy handed bills are upsetting, but remember they will never pass the Senate or the President.

    I also think it is a blessing that the Republicans are coming out so strong and so stupid. This is galvanizing the Democrats, allowing women and unions to organize now, no apathy in 2012.

    I recommend you read this article from the Pragmatic Progressive on how the Westboro Baptist Church is bringing together opponents from all races, religions, and parties as reasonable folks push back against this extreme right wing group.


  35. I fully agree. It seems to me that every time Jesse gets involved he starts criticizing the president for not doing this or not doing that.

    I really suspect he harbors jealousy because Barack Obama is president. Jesse falls into the Tavis, Cornel column.

  36. Aretha Franklin supposedly has it too. Judge Ginsberg had it but they caught it early enough so they were able to remove the cancer.

  37. “Why do Republicans seek to demonize teachers”? The answer is simple beyond the overarching goal of busting all unions and that’s their divide and conquer strategy; keep the American people as fragmented as possible by building up resentments which pit one segment of society against another. It works as long as we’re willing to go with the lowest common denominator as opposed to accessing and listening to our higher angels. It works especially well during times of economic distress.

  38. Yes gn it would be nice.. I have hoped for two years now, that the brilliant folks supposedly on ‘our side’ would focus their reactions and distrust and outright abuse onto the GOP- for ALL they’ve done and NOT DONE. Still waiting, I haven’t lost hope but I would never count on Krugman or any of his ilk to be either consistent or honorable in regards to President Obama- I do not trust them.

  39. The reason why this has happened in Tennessee because they were the 1st winner for RACE TO THE TOP and I think that teachers/faculty/parents/govenor all came to table and negotiated that everyone would be held accountable so they are probably following what they promised. They won like 400 million to amend their school system. I hope the teachers don’t blame President obama in 2012. He doesn’t want to completely remove their rights but to motivate them to do better by giving them insentives and supporting them. Not demonizing them like the GOP is doing

  40. As someone at wsy noted, her family needs to check up on her. She also made some strange remarks about Jews not needing to leave Europe post-WWII as well. It’s sad seeing someone who has had such a long and distinguished career linger in the public eye and lose respect like this, because my first reaction was, “there goes my years-long respect for her.” Her family needs to get her out of the spotlight.

  41. I’m getting real effing sick of the ‘media’s’ version of what black folks are supposed to be like, supposed to think, supposed to feel- and their ‘disappointment’ in President Obama ’cause he ain’t the ‘black man’ they thought in their biased/stereotypical brains that he (POTUS) ought to be. And frankly I’m really fed-up with these white PL people telling us that the First AA President of the United States lacks courage.

    I could personally give a flying fig about the likes of Helen Thomas, do not care one whit about her opinion of the President- I know she is a liberal icon in the media field.. but frankly she holds no power for me when she speaks outloud her ignorant views on black people or this President’s ‘blackness’.

    She sounds like she’s been spending too much time at DailyKos.

    Good grief people like her piss me off, gn.. thanks for telling us about it.

  42. What people like Thomas and others who attack PBO for “not doing enough for blacks in this country,” don’t understand is that we blacks don’t expect him to cater to us. His position on working on behalf of all Americans is very much in line with my positions. We consider ourselves Americans first, and we view progress for middle and lower class Americans as progress for us all. If PBO were to do anything “special” for blacks, it would only play into the rw meme that he was catering to us. Personally, I don’t want him to govern in this manner. Furthermore, I get upset when people like Smiley, West, Thomas, and others profess to speak for us because they don’t.

  43. Thanks, WhatIsWorking…

    I 2nd that! But, where are the GOPTeaParty women? As fellow females, they should be outraged, too! I guess they’re just plain, old “stepford wives”…eh?

  44. Good job governor Patrick:

    Gov. signs freeze on Mass. unemployment insurance
    February 18, 2011
    BOSTON—Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill freezing the state’s unemployment insurance rate at current levels.

    Tweet Submit to DiggdiggsdiggYahoo! Buzz ShareThis The measure prevents a scheduled rate hike that would have cost businesses in Massachusetts more than $400 million in 2011.

    The bill was passed unanimously by the House on Wednesday and by the Senate last week. Business leaders have praised the action.

    Without the freeze, Massachusetts employers would see their average per-employee payments jump from $644 to $872 this year, an increase of $228 for each worker.

    Patrick said in a statement that the freeze helps put the state in position for continued economic recovery. But he has also called for additional reforms in the unemployment insurance system.


  45. Ahh – its the Glenn Beck way of Congressing.. teleprompters and Czars are his big scary issues, no?

  46. Obama heading to the Hub for fundraiser

    WASHINGTON – President Obama is heading to Boston next month for a major fundraiser with top national Democrats.

    Obama will be in the Hub for a dinner on March 8 to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

    “March 8th promises to be an unforgettable evening with President Obama and leading Democrats from across America,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote this morning in a fundraising letter. “I look forward to sharing it with you.”

    Pelosi’s letter also announced a contest for those who donate at least $5, to win a trip to Boston that includes airfare, hotel, and a guest spot at a dinner with Obama and Pelosi.

    Matt Viser can be reached at maviser@globe.com.

  47. Thanks, Meta. Woodside is indeed a gorgeous area. One of my old bosses lived there and we would all go up to his place once in a while for meetings.

  48. I’m tired of that courage crap too. Obama has a once/twice in a lifetime chance to be president. He wants to use that time to get things DONE, not just to use it to go all Mr. Smith Goes To Washington and lose it all. He could’ve done that as a senator or as a civilian. Those people have the luxury to do that. These are serious times. He can be bold but there is no need to act foolish. People like Thomas think more about optics than the actual consequences of their “courage”. Obama has no interest in becoming a folk hero to the 10% of Liberals in this country.

    And you know what? F*ck Her! If its not the right wing saying that Obama hates white people and doesn’t understand white people, then its the left saying Obama doesn’t like black people and doesn’t understand anyone. Everyday these two team up to say ‘Obama is not one of us’ and its really pissing me off.

  49. Womak made his point all right, that he is a total fruitcake. This is both pathetic and hilarious both at the same time.

  50. My daughter is a math teacher in MD, which also won Race to the Top funds. She has to buy most of her own class supplies (and she works in a Title 1 school that’s supposed to have additional funding.) She buys breakfast for her class to make sure they’ve eaten before “no child left behind” mandatory testing. All teachers in her county have to take 10 furlough (as in unpaid) days. She hasn’t had a pay increase in 2 years. She has 30-25 kids in her class – many with social and psychological issues. Despite all of this, in less than 1 year all of her students have tested proficient or advanced in Algebra and Geometry. She also happens to be in a union. So I’m still trying to figure out how her situation is better than anyone else’s.

  51. Thank you, well said. I still see comments from AA’s though that he hasn’t done anything for black people. And the first question that comes to mind is “do you not think of yourselves as Americans?” I have to wonder what exactly these people want to see. Do they wake up every day and just because they still see poor black people they automatically assume that Obama’s isn’t doing anything for black people?

  52. Thanks for taking Jesse back! He was embarrassing me over here. Somehow I can’t see the teachers of Wisconsin embracing this man as their savior.

  53. We’re not stupid. From my point of view, I know *exactly* who I think is looking out for black people in actuality, and who I think is using black people for career purposes and/or a weapon against a President who they have grown to despise. The Soul Patrol and fauxgressives can go pound sand as far as I’m concerned if they want to substitute their judgment for my own with respect to the first black POTUS. He’s doing an amazing job. I think it’s great when people offer positive visions and positive critiques, but this tearing down is a bunch of bs, and it is not designed to help black people in any way shape or form.

    Whew, so that rant and my initial reaction off of my chest, the first person who would forgive Ms. Thomas and ask us to remember that she’s had a very long career and it would be unfortunate if she was only remembered for her sets of awful remarks this year and last.

  54. jovie, I have to “shake my head” at the 13 Dems who signed onto that amendment…

    What are they thinkin’…They are Reps. Dan Boren (D-OK), Ben Chandler (D-KY), Jerry Costello (D-IL), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Pete DeFazio (D-OR), Gene Green (D-TX), Larry Kissell (D-NC), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Ed Pastor (D-AZ), Nick Rahall (D-WV), Mike Ross (D-AR), and Heath Shuler (D-NC).

    But, of course, some of them are Blue Dogs…

    I will be contactin’ those two TX House Reps!

  55. How can you be that old, work in the White House press pool practically since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, be exposed to so much of the world – and still be so freakin’ ignorant? SMH 😦

  56. Obama would wipe the floor with him in any debate. He’s insecure. Anyone doubting or mocking the president’s level of intelligence is insecure.

  57. They are really putting a big fat target on their backs. They truly do not know how to govern. they are making mistakes… Most people will not accept this kind of bullying!

  58. “… President Obama = unstoppable in 2012.”

    Proud of Obama, Yes he is, and yes he will be! 😉

  59. Ms. Dorothy,

    Thank you!!!!!!! You are so right. The Bible says jealously is as cruel as the grave. Travis Smiley is so pathetic is pitiful, and his mama is an evangelist. He should know better.

  60. Agreed; New Jersey *lost* $400M in race to the top money because their ideologue governor refused to make any concessions to the teacher’s union. This is not related to the race to the top program; this is a coordinated GOP effort to unionbust in light of their November gains which was planned a long time ago.

  61. IMO, Tavis still has hemorrhoids because President Obama didn’t attend his “black conference”. West is smart, but he’s ‘out to lunch’. The fact of the matter is that one of the things the President did was to put billions in the Recovery Act for “Historically Black Colleges and Universities” (HBCU’s). I watched the round table Tavis chaired (‘A Lets Bash Obama’ circus)that was aired on C-Span. The only person that mentioned the HBCU’s was a woman (don’t remember her name) who had actually WORKED with the White House.

  62. Was Womack in the Repubs House when the President smacked down 140 of them? Did he miss that, ’cause I sure saw it on C-Span. If fact, it’s still on my DVR. The President stood flat footed and answered question after question. He was so good Pence was about to pee his pants, because he wanted the President away from the podium so badly.

  63. Starshine, you must realize the party of GREED OVER PEOPLE want to keep every one dumb to the true facts. They go after the minds of the young to keep power.That is why they hate our President so much He believes in the mind over power.The GREED OVER PEOPLE PARTY would bully first than try and think.

  64. The Blue Dogs and ConservaDems didn’t learn a thing from the Nov. 2010 elections. They lost – big time. The lesson is ‘why vote for a Dem dressed in Repub clothing when you can vote for real Repub?’ You’d think they would have learned the “Blanche Lincoln” lesson.

  65. Gosh why is WhiteHouse.gov taking so long to update the Press Sec page? And press sec twitter still shows Gibbs. I want to follow Jay. 😦

  66. “But I really thought that he would have an empathy for all the blacks, what they had gone through in life.”

    (Sigh) Black Farmers Pigford Settlement. Largest investment in HBCU in history. Not to mention things that affect all Americans regardless of color.

    Maybe Miss Thomas could check in with the Black Community from time to time instead of imitating the PL and just using us as convenient angry props.

  67. “Obama has no interest in becoming a folk hero to the 10% of Liberals in this country.”

    Money quote!

  68. Yeah, you would’ve thought…

    But, obviously, it’s gotta take a lot more ‘BD/CD’ losses to teach ’em that lesson! 😉

  69. If that’s true that is horrible. My aunt died from PanCan. She had the whipple surgery and nearly did not survive the treatment. She lived one year after the surgery.

  70. It’ll never happen. AA’s knows the real deal when we see it. We don’t need a old prune like her telling the AA communitie what the POTUS should be doing or anyone else (that includes people like Smiley).

  71. What about the “Special Interest” who got $140 Million in tax cuts Huck? What’s larger $10 or $140 Million? Don’t strain your brain Huck-bees?

  72. I watched that in total complete awe of our awesome President. He was having such a good time batting away and answer all the group-think-talking points. Not one of them at an original thought in their heads. Then after it was over, they rushed to get his autograph.

  73. Thank God none of the Dems were from CA. If my representative voted for it, he’d hear from me. I went door-to-door for him. When I met him, I told him to his face, if he ever votes for an illegal war, I will primary him myself!

  74. I guess Republicans prefer that people remain ignorant so that they may be easily manipulated to vote against their interests. Or, Republicans want to close down public schools to replace them with for profit private schools that only cater to the educational needs of the rich. In the end, either strategy accomplishes the same goal: keeping the masses of people ignorant and uneducated, so that they may be easily manipulated to always vote against their interests. Otherwise, I just can’t think of any other plausible reason to answer your question: “Why do Republicans seek to demonize teachers?”

  75. I know Ms. Thomas is in her 90’s, and since I am also slowly getting there in age, I am willing to excuse her for her momentary lapse in thinking that politics, and especially politics within the structure of the American political system, is all about sticking to “pure” principles.

    Here is my challenge to all those people who have been relentless bashing/trashing President Obama: Please cite me one American President who never, ever, compromised with the opposition, either those in the opposing party, or critics within his own party, in order to slowly advance his agenda. By the way, my challenge includes the so called giants: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson (the darling and hero of pure progressives like Thom Hartmann), Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, Ronald Reagan. Even LBJ, the recently discovered hero of progressives who believe in the overwhelming of Presidential “Bully pulpit,” made many compromises.

    From my limited knowledge of history, I know that many of the Presidents that we hold in such high esteem were willing to compromise in order to move their agendas forward. I also believe that, more than any other presidents in my lifetime, President Obama has stuck to his principles. But he has done so while being wise enough, and pragmatic enough, to figure out how to gradually translate his principles into public policy. A good example is his fight to pass the unprecedented Health Care Reform law. Of course, the law is not perfect and needs improvement. But here is my question to those who claim to stand for principles: Do you think that the people, who faced being rejected by health insurance companies because of pre-existing condition, or the uninsured people who may now be insured, or the under 26 years uninsured young people who now can go back to their parents insurances, would be better off, had President Obama stuck to his principles, and “killed the health care reform bill,” because it did not include a public option? Second example to illustrate the ignorance of the self anointed “purist” progressive critics of President Obama: Do you think that our country-and especially our seniors-would be better off if FDR, sticking to principles, refused to sign the 1935, Social Security Act-thereby killing it-because it excluded Agricultural and Domestic workers; an exclusion inserted in the bill so as to win over the support Southern white supremacist Democrats?

    Why is it that President Obama is being required to meet impossible standards of ideological purity that have never been required of any other of the previous 43 presidents before him?

  76. WIW:

    Thank you for posting this clip of Congresswoman Jackie Spier and for the wonderful work you do on your blog, and in the commentaries on this site. Democratic members of the House of Representatives need to follow her example. All Democrats, whenever they get the opportunity to speak on the floor of Congress, should repeatedly point out that Congressional attacks on Women’s Reproductive rights, and the attacks on the rights of workers to organize unions to fight on behalf of working people, have absolutely nothing to do with the Republican campaign promise that their #1 issue was creating jobs.

  77. I also thought that, according to Ed. Shultz, the President was not forcefully standing up for the Unions? President Obama must be a real magician: Otherwise, how can he be “sleeping” with the Unions (according to Mike Huckabee), while at the same time he is anti-Union (according to Ed. Shultz)?

  78. My suggestion on how best to respond to Steve Womack:

    “Dear Congressman we are all ready to chip in to buy you a teleprompter. You can even bid to buy the one that President Obama’s uses, if you are really convinced that it has magical powers that will enable you to give brilliant and inspiring speeches, just as President Obama does. We promise you that all the money collected to buy you a teleprompter, and may be the exact magical one that the President uses, will be privately raised. No Tax dollars involved at all. What we ask, in return for our money, is a guarantee that you will be the next President of the United States because of the power of the teleprompter we bought for you. But, there is also a down side to our offer. If you fail to win the presidency, despite your use of the magic teleprompter that enabled President Obama to win the votes of 70 million Americans, then you have to pay back every cent we donated to buy you a teleprompter. You also must to go on National Television to offer an apology to President Obama for insinuating that his inspiring and brilliant speeches are all because of his teleprompter.

  79. Lorraine:
    I am sorry to say this but I really think that your comment is both unfair and unfounded! Rev. Jackson has always been in the trenches fighting for worker’s rights. I don’t know how old you are, but Rev. Jesse Jackson, whose involvement in the struggle for justice go back to the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, even before President Obama was born, should not be denigrated. If you are young I hope that you take time to study some history because you will realize that we probably wouldn’t have elected President Obama if it weren’t for all the trial blazing, and courageous sacrifices, of people like Rev. Jesse Jackson. Rev. Jackson, like all of us humans, is not perfect. But only people who have a limited understanding of the history of the struggle for justice in America can diminish the historical role he has played. In my opinion, he deserves more respect than your comment implied.

  80. Dorothy,

    I always value and respect your comments but I think in this instance I cannot agree with you. I have no problem criticizing Rev. Jesse Jackson whenever I feel he unjustly criticizes the President. But that does not mean that everything he does is wrong. Rev. Jackson has been in the struggle for racial justice and workers’ rights for over 50 years; long before President Obama was born. His run run for the presidency in 1984 and 1988 were focused on promoting justice for the poor and the working class. Unlike Tavis, Rev. Jackson has been in the trenches fighting for justice for a very long time. I think it is unfair, and insensitive, to somehow suggest that his support of the Unions in Wisconsin is all about his personal agenda, or that he is jealousy of President Obama. I really hope that on this magnificent site that BWD created we all should do our best to avoid attacking any one simply because they have not been as supportive as we are of the president. Rev. Jesse Jackson may not be a perfect man but, IMHO, his long struggle for justice cannot be questioned.

  81. Overseasgranny:

    Are you not aware that Jesse Jackson has been in the struggle for civil rights and workers rights for over fifty years, long before the President was born? I doubt Jesse Jackson is in Wisconsin because he is saviour; I think he is there because of his passion for justice that cannot be disputed. I am a very strong supporter of President Obama and I do not always agree with Jesse Jackson. But for heavens sake, why is his going to support teachers and unions in Wisconsin being denigrated when he has supported workers’ rights going back to over 50 years ago? Why is this African American giant, though flawed like all of us humans, who worked and marched with Dr. King, and whose historic runs for the presidency (1984 & 1988) probably made it possible for the election of President Obama, being denigrated, and being considered an embarrassment? With all due respect, I think it behooves all of us, who support President Obama, to avoid trashing people we disagree with; and especially people like the Rev. Jackson who, no matter what you may think of him now, have invested a lifetime in the struggle for equality and justice in America.

  82. Please. You think that would stop them from bitching?
    Rome could be burning and the “professional left” would find some way to blame Obama

  83. They want to privatize schooling which would make it so businesses could take over. Imagine; a school owned by – say – Home Depot. The owners could pick whatever curriculum they want, teach whatever point of view they’d like.
    Plus they could make money.

  84. How does the president not have empathy for “all Black people”?
    WTF is Thomas talking about?

    Ya know, I felt sorry for her after getting the boot for sticker her foot in her mouth. Now I see she is being deliberate and inserted the other foot.
    Good riddance.

  85. Thanks Sherijr for your support. I love this site. I learn a great deal from all the people who post informed comments on this site I love the maturity, civility and positiveness of people here. I especially value the tireless work of BWD in spreading factual and positive information about the work that President Obama is doing for this country.

    As much as I love and respect our truly gifted President, I am also very conscious of the history of the long and painful struggle of African Americans that paved the way for the election of President Obama. Rev. Jesse Jackson played a central role in that struggle. He has given over fifty years of his life to that struggle, which made it possible for a gifted man, like Barak Obama, to be elected President.

    I really felt that some of the people who commented on Jesse Jackson’s presence in Wisconsin are not aware of his long involvement in the struggles for justice and workers’ rights. Many of them probably formed their views based on the MSM’s one sided negative portrayal of him. I urge all the people (by the way I respect all of of the people, who took a negative view of Jesse’s presence in WI) to go and revisit Jesse Jackson’s speeches, and actions he took, when he run for President in 1984 and 1988. I also urge them to re-examine his agenda with two of his organizations: People United To Save Humanity (PUSH), and the Rainbow Coalition. Do I think that Jesse Jackson is perfect? Of course not. But given his long involvement in the struggle for human rights and workers’ rights, it is unfair to suggest that his going to Wisconsin was either because he is jealous of the President, or because he stood to personally benefit.

  86. Thanks for the link WIW. Slowly but surely, as Dr. King was fond of saying: “The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Bending Towards Justice.”

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