Friday morning mishmash (NOT-BREAKING: Republicans hates America!)

Hi guys,

President Obama cancelled his trip to Indiana because he must stay in Washington do deal with bunch of neanderthals.

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You think?

NYT: It’s Not Really About Spending

If the federal government shuts down at midnight on Friday — which seems likely unless negotiations take a sudden turn toward rationality — it will not be because of disagreements over spending. It will be because Republicans are refusing to budge on these ideological demands:

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Abortion. Environmental protection. Health care. Nothing to do with jobs or the economy; instead, all the hoary greatest hits of the Republican Party, only this time it has the power to wreak national havoc: furloughing 800,000 federal workers, suspending paychecks for soldiers and punishing millions of Americans who will have to wait for tax refunds, Social Security applications, small-business loans, and even most city services in Washington. The damage to a brittle economy will be substantial.

Democrats have already gone much too far in giving in to the House demands for spending cuts. The $33 billion that they have agreed to cut will pull an enormous amount of money from the economy at exactly the wrong time, and will damage dozens of vital programs.

But it turns out that all those excessive cuts they volunteered were worth far less to the Republicans than the policy riders that are the real holdup to a deal. After President Obama appeared on television late Wednesday night to urge the two sides to keep talking, negotiators say, the issue of the spending cuts barely even came up. All the talk was about the abortion demands and the other issues.

Democrats in the White House and the Senate say they will not give in to this policy extortion, and we hope they do not weaken. These issues have no place in a stopgap spending bill a few minutes from midnight.

A measure to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions came up for a Senate vote on Wednesday and failed. If Republicans want to have yet another legislative debate about abortion and family planning, let them try to pass a separate bill containing their restrictions. But that bill would fail, too, and they know it, so they have chosen extortion.

The lack of seriousness in the House is reflected in the taunting bill it passed on Thursday to keep the government open for another week at an absurdly high cost of $12 billion in cuts and the ban on District of Columbia abortion financing. The Senate and the White House said it was a nonstarter. Many of the same House members who earlier had said they would refuse to approve another short-term spending bill voted for this one, clearly hoping they could use its inevitable failure in the Senate to blame the Democrats for the shutdown. What could be more cynical?

The public is not going to be fooled once it sees what the Republicans, pushed by Tea Party members, were really holding out for. There are a few hours left to stop this dangerous game, and for the Republicans to start doing their job, which, if they’ve forgotten, is to serve the American people.

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You think?

Krugman: Ludicrous and Cruel

Many commentators swooned earlier this week after House Republicans, led by the Budget Committee chairman, Paul Ryan, unveiled their budget proposals. They lavished praise on Mr. Ryan, asserting that his plan set a new standard of fiscal seriousness.

Well, they should have waited until people who know how to read budget numbers had a chance to study the proposal. For the G.O.P. plan turns out not to be serious at all. Instead, it’s simultaneously ridiculous and heartless.

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In the past, Mr. Ryan has talked a good game about taking care of those in need. But as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities points out, of the $4 trillion in spending cuts he proposes over the next decade, two-thirds involve cutting programs that mainly serve low-income Americans. And by repealing last year’s health reform, without any replacement, the plan would also deprive an estimated 34 million nonelderly Americans of health insurance.

So the pundits who praised this proposal when it was released were punked. The G.O.P. budget plan isn’t a good-faith effort to put America’s fiscal house in order; it’s voodoo economics, with an extra dose of fantasy, and a large helping of mean-spiritedness. 

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Usually I will not give Huff-Crap a click to save my life, but this Frank Schaeffer piece is  amazing:

The other day my two-year-old granddaughter vomited on me. I love her, didn’t mind and cleaned up. I don’t love the Tea Party and the Republicans who are presently puking on America. I won’t forgive them. But I will help clean up: in 2012.

As a former Republican disgusted with the modern day version of a once actual political party now devolved into a far right religious right/loony right rabble all I can say is the Republicans have crossed a historical line from which there is no return. Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin are not a cause but just another symptom of the political equivalent of Mad Cow disease.

The ideologues of the right who are willing to shut down the government, risk the fragile economy — in a time of war no less (“patriots?”) — and who have hidden behind their racist “birther” code for the fact that they won’t accept a black president… et al are puking on the rest of us.

Enough!

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First Read:

On a week when Obama launched his re-election bid, the NBC/WSJ poll shows him a position with the public that would please Bill Daley, David Plouffe, and Jim Messina. For the second-straight time, a plurality of Americans (38%) view him as a moderate, versus 30% who see him as “very liberal” and 20% who see him as “somewhat liberal.” In addition, his job-approval rating — which sits at 49% overall — is above 50% with seniors, is also above 50% in every region except the South, and is a net-positive among independents. And his re-elect number among women 50+ is almost at 50%. There seems to be a pattern here: Obama is improving with independents, seniors, and women. But what might concern Daley/Plouffe/Messina: this Florida Quinnipiac poll, which shows 52% of registered voters in the state disapproving of the president’s job. 

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Super rant from the one and only Angry Black Lady 😉

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Yea, just keep working. President Obama Meets With Colombian President Santos:

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West Wing Week:

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If Americans still can’t see that this tired man is the only one in Washington who is actually working for them, then they simply don’t deserve hm. Honestly, I don’t know why he would even want to do this job for another term. I wish I could just give him a good hug.

106 thoughts on “Friday morning mishmash (NOT-BREAKING: Republicans hates America!)

  1. Keep up the Good work BWD and other progressives who are fighting the good fight. Stay strong. Remember
    “NO Weapon formed against us shall prosper…”, Isaiah Ch 54:17

  2. I hope Mr. Obama can resolve this budget before the government shuts down.

    It’s telling the number of fauxgressives actually hoping for a shutdown, it’s disgusting.

    I know many military folks who are PISSED at the possibility of not getting paid if the government shuts down, yet these fauxgressives don’t care. They would rather see the government shut down just so that Republicans get blamed… like Republicans aren’t already getting ENOUGH blame for a potential shutdown like they did for the last one fifteen years ago.

    I dislike Republicans as much as the next person, but I want to see actual bipartisanship in this case. Even if it means giving into cuts I don’t like, (I don’t like channeling Speaker Boner in this case either) so be it. I’d rather see compromise than a shutdown of the government which will affect many people’s lives.

    And I know I’m not alone either, multiple polls show that more Americans want to see a compromise on the budget than an actual shutdown of the government.

  3. I FIGURED THE PRESIDENT WOULD CANCEL HIS INDIANA TRIP…MAINLY BECAUSE HE PUTS THE PEOPLE FIRST…HE’S LOCKED INTO BUDGET TALKS. WE LOVE HIM IN INDIANA…I WAS UNABLE TO SEE HIM THIS TIME…PERHAPS I’LL GET THE CHANCE THE NEXT TIME HE SCHEDULES TO COME HERE. OF COURSE I’LL PASS OUT FROM ANTICIPATION AND ONLY CATCH A GLIMPSE…AS USUAL!…:)GO OBAMA 2012!

  4. Yea, but the other side refuse to move even an inch. It’s not a compromise when only one side gives and gives. There’s a limit to how much you can give in to extortion. How many of those people who are going to be affected by the shutdown voted for the Tea Party back in November? People get what they deserve, because they never learn.

  5. Sue
    when one door closes another one opens.
    Keep up the prayers.

    And for the scientist among us,
    for every action their is an equal opposite reaction of the force. Newtons 3rd law.

  6. True… but I read somewhere that there was an actual bill that the Republicans could have agreed to but chose not to because they want baseless political theater, or something like that.

    Millions of Americans, not just those who voted for Republicans, will be affected by a shutdown of the government, mainly our military. They do so much for the country and they’re facing potentially not getting paid if the government shuts down.

    It’s time to get the budget taken care of. It’s going to look like the tax cuts deal all over again, both sides are going to be forced to give into cuts they don’t like, but our nation will be much better off for it.

  7. From Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

    3: Number of Opportunities House Democrats Offered Republicans Today to Keep the Government Open While Negotiations Continue

    Posted on April 7, 2011 by Karina

    Today, Leader Pelosi said this on the possibility of a government shutdown:

    …we do not want government to shut down, that we have made every compromise. In fact, we had cut $41 billion from the President’s budget at the end of last year. The President and Senator Reid have gone much farther than that in meeting the Republicans more than halfway…

    In fact, just today, Democrats offered three opportunities for Republicans to keep the government open for one week while budget negotiations continue:
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    Any one of these three bills could have passed the Senate and be signed by the President before midnight tomorrow.

    Read details here:

    http://www.democraticleader.gov/blog/?p=3839

  8. There is no deal that the Republicans will sign on, if it won’t include all their crazy social agenda items. As the NYT editorial pointed, Democrats already gave in more than they should have. Enough is enough. Millions of Americans lives, especially women, will turn into a true nightmare if we’ll cave in this. It will break my heart if PBO will sign on a deal that includes this atrocity.

  9. Well, it will be an interesting weekend.

    The sheer number of tasks/challenges/catastrophes this President has had to tackle is stunning.

    I support PBO and the sane Democratic Congress members on this 100%.

    The only thing I want to see is more VOCAL and more CLEAR FIGHT from Democratic spokespeople, including PBO. I want clear communications. I want in-your-face messaging. I want sound bytes. I want talking points.

    If this budget thing isn’t enough to get our people on t.v., on radio, on the internet, bashing the gop on this, then I will be disappointed and disgusted.

    I want more. We have the country’s attention. Enough is enough.

    Have a good day, everyone :-)!

  10. Making compromises about spending when both sides are operating in good faith is one thing, but using the budget process as an opportunity to undermine women’s rights as well as the environment is completely unacceptable. Any Democrat that stayed home last November or any Independent who thought they’d give the R’s a try, should hang their heads in shame.
    Millions of people will suffer as a result of this act or arrogance on the part of Boehner and his pals. Our job is to make sure the blame gets placed where it belongs and not on the president. I can’t imagine that any business in the country, large or small, wants a shutdown. I hope some of these businesses start threatening to withhold campaign funds from Republicans–the only threat that really matters to them since they care nothing whatsoever about the health and welfare of Americans. I think the motto of Democrats should be: Democrats build, Republicans destroy. I honestly believe that Congressional Republicans live in fear that they may wake up some day and accidentally help someone. Not that that would ever happy, of course.

  11. Yep. For the first time in two years I want PBO to go out today and be mad. Real mad. Time to make it clear to the nation who is the light and who is the darkness.

  12. Good morning everyone. This shows how far the Republicans will go to get their way. Shameful behavior…

    “….Many service members live paycheck to paycheck on modest incomes, and if no budget agreement is reached after Friday, a good number of them may be serving in a war zone for no pay until the Hill denizens are done duking it out.”

    “HHR 1297, the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act, was introduced back on March 31 by Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), with whom we’ve had our fun in the past. “If Congress cannot pass a budget, it’s not right for these valiant warriors and their families to suffer through a late paycheck. This is about paying those who protect us and defend our freedom,” Gohmert said in a much-ballyhooed rollout for the bill, which was covered by Fox News.”

    “Cosponsoring the bill are 106 members of Congress, mostly conservative Republicans, and it has no amendments, no riders, no pork: It simply mandates that troop pay continue as it normally would, through the end of the year, even if the federal government faces a funding gap and shutdown.”

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    Yet it hasn’t been brought to the House floor for a vote. Gohmert hasn’t mentioned his own bill publicly since April Fool’s Day.

    http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/04/military-pay-shutdown-gop-stalling-bill

  13. I still believe that, unfortunately, we had not reached our tipping point collectively in this country that would sufficiently wake up the American people.

    There are pockets of the country that have felt enough pain and thus have had their wake up call (e.g., Wisconsin). But as a whole, far too many people have been in a fog of apathy, misinformation, and ignorance.

    A government shutdown, as much as I do NOT want it to happen, may finally jar enough people out of their haze.

    It is time to WAKE UP!

  14. Expecting an answer, Hoyer was on the today show, and he said No deal yet!
    This onbe issue of Planned parent hood, that Mike Pence feels is his way to get hisw governorship in Indiana, is just unreal. I wonder if POTUS can attach an executive order to the law(like he did with HCR)saying no federal funds for abortions?

    Anyways, back at the ranch…

  15. “Wisconsin Democrats are throwing the gauntlet down on another recall effort against a Republican state senator, in the battle over Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee union law, with local Dems in Fond du Lac preparing to submit petitions against GOP state Sen. Randy Hoppper later on Thursday.”

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    From the Fond du Lac Reporter:

    Union and Democratic Party supporters are expected to gather at rallies in Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and Waupun today before heading down to Madison to deliver the required signatures to force a recall election against Sen. Randy Hopper.

    Fond du Lac Democratic Party Chairman Rich Mantz said the official announcement will be made Thursday at rallies scheduled in Oshkosh at 11 a.m., at 12:30 p.m. at Veterans Park in Fond du Lac and on the front steps of Waupun City Hall at 2 p.m.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/wis-dems-to-file-recall-petitions-against-state-sen-randy-hopper.php?ref=fpb

  16. This guy Halperin is a tea bagger! He is awfully biased towards them. Also, everytime I click on his website, I get a virus, so he needs to scrub his website. In other words, DO not go to his website!

  17. And the US congress appropriates funds to keep DC running! IF the US govt shutsdown, so does DC! Congressman Elanor Holmes was pissed yesterday about this! She said, to tell the US congress to go to hell! LOL!

  18. Another CR?

    When closing the floor late Thursday night, No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin placed the House-approved bill that funds the government for a week and the Department of Defense for a year on the Senate calendar.

    The formal action was taken when Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was at the White House meeting with the president and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/52794.html

    WOW!

  19. Good morning wonderful family! It is unbelievable that th Repubs will try to ruin America over abortion and EPA. This beyond cruel.

    Thank again BWD for this great mishmash! Most of those articles I would not have seen.

    I feel like we need a day of prayers for these stupid people. Altho I doubt that will even help these people.

  20. Good morning, OTeam.

    The GOP has grasped at the last straw. Their constant destructive insanity is just beyond words. They disgust me.

  21. Actress Scarlett Johansson is the latest celebrity to speak out in favor of Planned Parenthood in the wake of proposed budget cuts from Capitol Hill.

    “A cancer that goes undetected, a sexually transmitted disease left untreated, a woman unable to get the birth control she needs to plan her family and take control of her own destiny. This is the disastrous vision of some leaders in the United States Health of Representatives,” Johansson says in a new YouTube video. “Every year, Planned Parenthood provides this essential care to millions of women, men and teens. For many people — especially those with low incomes — Planned Parenthood is their only source of health care. Let your members of Congress know where you stand.”

    http://www.politico.com/click/stories/1104/johansson_defends_planned_parenthood.html

  22. And I just contacted Color of Change to ask them to mount a campaign against the sponsors of The Apprentice. I’ve had it. Completely and utterly sick of this constant BS. If you care to join me, here you go:

    http://colorofchange.org/contact/

    In the meantime, I searched and found this list on the web:

    7-Up (Dr Pepper Snapple Group)
    OnStar
    Australian Gold
    Camping World
    ACN
    Omaha Steaks
    Farouk Hair Systems

    Love you all.

  23. On the Wisconsin issue it is amazing that the Repubs found 7500 votes in one place and it is just the amount they need to not have a recount. Just alittle to convienent for me.

  24. FIRED UP..!!

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  25. Budget negotiators met at the Capitol until 3 a.m. Friday without reaching a deal.

    Participants were Rob Nabors, the White House legislative affairs director; Barry Jackson, the chief of staff for House Speaker John Boehner; David Krone, the chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; and appropriators.

    Read more in Mike Allen’s Playbook.

    http://www.politico.com/playbook/

  26. More from article:

    SIREN – WHITE HOUSE ALLIES TO TAKE ON ROVE, KOCH BROTHERS: A top Democrat tells us that later this month, Bill Burton (who left in February as deputy White House press secretary) and Sean Sweeney (who had been an adviser to Rahm Emanuel and Pete Rouse, and left at the same time to form a consulting firm with Burton) will “launch an outside group to help the president get reelected. Decisions about size and legal architecture haven’t all been finalized but we have been talking to potential staff. Donors, worried about the enormous spending power of Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, have been approaching the two about setting up an organization that can counter them. Bill and Sean will try to keep pace with those Republican attack groups, but don’t anticipate they will be able to match them dollar for dollar.” No name yet.

    –American Crossroads communications director Jonathan Collegio reacts to the Burton-Sweeney group: “More stunning hypocrisy on the political non-disclosure issue.”

    SPOTTED: Karl Rove, walking out of the Senate dining room with Sen. Marco Rubio at 1 p.m. yesterday.

  27. Salut, BWD!

    I thank you so much for providing an intellectual haven for supporters of President Barack Obama. I used to frequent DailyKos and Huffington Post but the incessant disparaging posts about the President, the ill-treatment of members like yourself and hyperventilating over minuscule matters quickly drove me away.

    Until now, I have been a lurker. Your site is the very first site that I go when I get up in the morning. It’s an absolute wonderful way to start my day! The beautiful, positive energy that your site emits simply warms my soul. I am looking forward to getting to know you better and the rest of the commentators here.😉

    Gros bisous,
    Shavon
    xx

  28. It’s not that I want to see a shut down, but I want the Dems and the President to stand firm with these idiots. A shut down although harmful, may be what’s needed to get the dems to grow a spine. We can’t keep giving away everything. I don’t know what would be in an agreement, but I’m sure it will not be good.

  29. Eugene Robinson will say anything to get on tv! Now, it seems, he is loving the Donald! He says, in his article, that at least Doanld Trump could pass a budget, and people see him as one who could!
    Ahh, Eugene, he went bacnkrupt three times! Thus, Eugene is out of touch, beltway ho!

  30. BTW: Dems are all over the tv with, wait for it, messaging! Finally! It took over two years for dems to get on tv and fight! Schumer is great!

  31. And the woman who found them worked for Walker and has a spotty record at best….just isnt right.

  32. I am sorry to say this, he said exactly that on Morning joe! You may want to rewind morning joe and here what he said!

  33. I read his article this morning and did not get that from it. I think Eugene is telling some truths about the Dems, and about Trump being a chump!

  34. My pont is, he is a tv ho! You don’t have to agree, but I am not lying! As, I think, you are positing!

    PEACE-

  35. Standing strong and firm behind the President at this juncture has never been more important. I hope that the Dems will stay on message.😉

  36. Good morning everyone:)In a total hijack of this thread,I just wanted to let you know that it was very late last night when I got a chance to read the responses to something that I posted yesterday regarding my nephew/sister.Tears streamed down my face as I read your caring, heartfelt words.I felt the hugs that you sent my way, and wanted you all to know how grateful and touched I am for all your understanding and well wishes during this difficult time.Thank you all so much.We truly are a magnificent family here,one that I have grown to appreciate and care about more and more everyday.There is much goodness in the world,I know because I see it here everyday. Thank you all. I will let you know the progress of this young, wounded warrior…and let’s pray for all the others, just like him, that struggle and contemplate this final act to take away the pain and horror their young eyes have seen.I love you all.

  37. AMEN and AMEN and second and third to the previous comment. Time for him to speak to American people with fire in his belly. of course, then they will say he is the angry black man. Well, it is time……past time actually!!!

  38. What the hell has happened to Robinson ? He used to be very supportive of President Obama and, most of all, REALISTIC. Now, it looks like he’s joined the firebaggers. Has he spent too much time with “the black intellectuals” like West ??

  39. I was on two calls with President Obama, the day he declared his candidacy for next year and the day after. He deserves credit from everybody for the hard job he is tackling. I wish we could get some kind of encouragement postcard campaign started. It would be great if people would send a thank you from their Congressional District area. Any thoughts on this?

    I worked with a group that sent postcards across the country, hoping to get Democrats elected to Congress. I’m thinking of contacting the leader of that group. We could at least send this idea to our lists.

  40. I agree. I got the same sense from the article. I don’t think he was kind to Trump at all.

    That being said, I love reading Eugene, but watching him on t.v. is another matter altogether. And I would definitely never watch Morning Blow, so I don’t know what he said on there.

  41. Please Know that you are not alone and I will keep sending Positive Vibs for as long as you need! Virtual Hugs sent for you and yours!!

  42. Sounds good maybe we could do it from the whole world to let him know people around the world support this President!

  43. The cuts they want are both hazardous to the economy, and hazardous to women’s health and the EPA’s ability to continue some stellar work.

    I’m also not thrilled with how a shut down affects real people and real lives but at the end of the day, Boehner’s insincerity aside, this is what the GOP wants, and is a total repeat of 1995. No sane party would have walked away from that senate deal.

    I echo your concerns, but voters put the GOP back in control of the House, and there’s little to nothing that we can do now to control this extremism. They’re forcing a shutdown; there’s nothing we can do about it.

  44. You know why I think the President is willing to run for another term? It’s because he genuinely cares about this country. He cares enough to put up with the immature children who make up Congress. He cares enough to let people spread lies and hatred about his character, his family, his birth and his religion. He sees that he can help this country that he loves and the people of this nation even though it won’t be easy and it won’t get him the glory while he is doing it. We are just very, very lucky that this man is willing to let his love for this country guide him instead of a need for ego stroking which would have him running away from Washington and back to private life where he could be very successful and not be the target of 24 hour criticism and ridiculous attacks.

  45. Welcome ariesfemme! It’s nice to see our little family here grow. This is a great site for information, inspiration and motivation.

  46. Okay folks. The country is finally waking up to the fact that a shutdown is likely. This means they will be paying more attention to the media. So far, the media has been pretty pathetic in pointing out the real culprits in this tragedy. Sure, the Dems can get out there and talk about it, but the media always feels it has to present the other side as equally valid so people don’t get the full story.

    It’s up to us to do the best we can to inform the public. Get an LTE to every paper in your area (most can be done online). Go to their websites which usually allow comments after articles. Put in comments and specially counter those that suggest the Dems are at fault.

    My personal list of points that should be made:

    1. This is not about the budget, it is about some sanctimonious Republicans trying to enforce social issues.
    2. Planned Parenthiood uses no federal dollars for abortion. If their funding is cut, women will die, pure and simple.
    3. To please their corporate overloards, thes Republicans want to gut pollution standards and create a worse environment for us and our children.
    4. The want to defund PBS (NPR is just part of it) and in rural areas, these stations rely on federal funding.
    5. If the government shuts down the following won’t take place:
    a. Members of the military (including my son) won’t get paid.
    b. Tax refund checks won’t go out.
    c. New applications for social security and Medicare won’t be able to be processed.
    d. National parks and monuments will be closed.
    e. Construction products which utilize significant federal funding will come to a halt.
    f. The economy would, in all likelihood, lose all its recent gains.
    g. In all probability, people will die.

    And remember, this is totally to be laid at the feet of the Republicans.

    Add additional points, but remember, most LTE’s have around 200 word limits.

  47. I also send them Desertflower, I so worry about our young fight men.

    Welcome Ariesfemme! Most of us were also DK and Huff&Puff readers. Finding this place has restored my sanity.

    Also I take it you are a fellow Aries. I turn the big 65 next week. Aries rock!

  48. I did not get a chance yesterday, but let me say my thoughts are with you and all your family. I have a son in the Army (career) who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Although it has been a few years since he was over there, he is still having difficulty sleeping and is barely able to hanndle taking his kids to see fireworks. And he wasn’t in combat either.
    There are a lot of good people in the military health system who can be there for your nephew, but, unfortunately, there is still a stigma (what I call the Patton syndrome). Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  49. I agree…I don’t want the shutdown, but women gave up too much to get health-care reform passed.I don’t want women’s health to get sacrificed again…not to mention, it seems like the only true Tea Party policy prescription is “Do what we say, or the little dog gets it.”

  50. There is no deal that the Republicans will sign on to…period. They keep moving the goal posts because the point is the shut down. Boehner is lying through his teeth about that. If he was at all sincere, he would have taken Reid’s ultra-generous deal with the total of $73b in cuts. He’s not sincere. He’s now saying that he wants $100b and those policy riders. The extreme position is to force a shut down, end of story.

  51. Hi, ariesfemme…nice to have you here.
    I still visit many of those other sites, but I come back here a lot.
    Always want to know what Obama’s up to.

  52. Most people only learn when a crisis strikes (which it has). I certainly am not immune to this syndrome myself. I had hoped, however, that events had reached such a point that even the most indifferent would begin to notice the true state of things, but watching Kent on Rachel Maddow’s show ask who was the Speaker of the House to NY citizens in the street with none of them knowing was discouraging. A democracy is only as good as its citizens.

  53. If the government is shut down, why are we still paying these fools to do nothing (not that they do much when the government is actually up and running)?

  54. Oh, he is doing more for america than america is doing for him. But for most americans, it’s all pearls before swine and all that.

  55. The United States government is on the verge of shutting down over a dispute about subsidized pap smears.

    Oh, my gosh, I love it, bwd! Testify, girl, testify!! 🙂

  56. They want Rubio on the Presidential ballot—big time. He’s attractive, and they see the growing Latino numbers as being key, and rightly so. Rubio, however, is as hard right and ultra-conservative as any of them, and he has a sketchy ethical history. Those voters they’re hoping to ensnare would have to vote for him with eyes wide shut, as he represents the opposite of the Democratic ideals with which they have always identified.
    And speaking of Florida and Obama’s upside down approval numbers there—-I think Obama will win Florida again. The whole state is an outrage about their Tea-Koch governor, Rick Scott and all his atrocious actions. I think he will drive every single Democratic voter to the polls in a huge backlash.

  57. I read the recent piece by political strategist Mudcat Saunders (self-described hill billy) about how the parties view politics. In his view the Dens focus exclusively on class warfare while the GOP focuses on cultural warfare, meaning going after the white rural voter and playing to their resentments about city residents. His column was by way of introducing a recent documentary profiling the legacy of the Scots Irish in America, narrated by Senator Webb of Virginia. The Scots Irish appear to be the root of our dysfunction as a nation.

  58. Absolutely, blackwaterdog, and you are certainly doing more than your share of that. Thanks. You make it easy for us to pass on information.

  59. I wonder if those whe sat out this election are saying so sorry now and “F” Ed Shultz.
    we would love to give thsi President many many
    hugs right now, and yes we feel the same way you do BWD this this country do not deserve this man, But we must stay focus and give him all of our support.

  60. Well said lilaf !

    I’ll repeat what I said a few days ago. It’s ironic, trahic even that President Obama is attacked for not loving America or for not being a true american, while in reality he’s the national politician who’s willing to sacrifice the most for his country.

  61. ^”…1. This is not about the budget, it is about some sanctimonious Republicans trying to enforce social issues…”

    Japa21, this is so true!

    And, so is this…

    Athough @Maddow has her “bad days,” I BELIEVE what she has been saying:

    Corporate Interests take long view in attack on Democrats…

    “It’s Not About The Budget”… http://tinyurl.com/3eem3qg

    What the GOPTeaParty is tryin’ to prove…

    “This Isn’t A Budget, This IS A Cause”… http://tinyurl.com/3ekonjr

    What it all comes down to is that the GOPTeaParty and friends (Koch Bros. & Co., U.S.CoC, Karl Rove, Rupert Murdoch, et al) are out to stop PBHO’s Reelection and destroy the Democratic Party!!! (By the way, RM owes WSJ, and he has a stake in AP!)

    But, WE’ll do whatever IS necessary to stop ’em!!! Right?!!

    For starters: ThinkProgress’ REPORT – Everything You Need To Know About The Koch Bros… http://tinyurl.com/5vnbevf

    Yes. WE. Can, Again!!!

  62. Mr.Obama is not happy of what is going on right now in the congress.Let our political leaders show flexibility to avoid government shotdown.

  63. I’m sorry for the troops. I would like for them to get paid as well, but they are not the only federal employees who will be hurt by a shutdown. A couple in my family.

    However, that being said, This is ridiculous to keep funding for one more week, one more week. This is the House’s job. Get a budget done and send it to the Senate. Enough already.

  64. Quinapiac had that other outlier poll the other day with the Prez’s numbers really low. I wonder what’s going on with them. I don’t remember them being so “off” before unlike say Rasmussen.

  65. “The Scots Irish appear to be the root of our dysfunction as a nation.”

    LOL! Somehow I don’t think that’s their point though yours is more accurate.

  66. Sorry – the Dems have already done way too much compromising with the neanderthal party. Time to say — no more extortion.

  67. Nintendo, here’s the article you were referring to. The Republicans sponsored a bill, then they just let it sit–without bringing it to the floor for a vote.

    Faulting Democrats for pushing the country toward a shutdown, Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.) noted that soldiers won’t get paid unless there’s a budget agreement. “You’ve got kids in the military serving in Afghanistan and Iraq whose wives are going to be wondering, ‘Why didn’t we get paid this month?'” Young said. “If they want that on their conscience, we’re covered.”…

    //

    HR 1297, the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act, was introduced back on March 31 by Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), with whom we’ve had our fun in the past. “If Congress cannot pass a budget, it’s not right for these valiant warriors and their families to suffer through a late paycheck. This is about paying those who protect us and defend our freedom,” Gohmert said in a much-ballyhooed rollout for the bill, which was covered by Fox News.”

    “Cosponsoring the bill are 106 members of Congress, mostly conservative Republicans, and it has no amendments, no riders, no pork: It simply mandates that troop pay continue as it normally would, through the end of the year, even if the federal government faces a funding gap and shutdown.”

    “Yet it hasn’t been brought to the House floor for a vote. Gohmert hasn’t mentioned his own bill publicly since April Fool’s Day.”
    http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/04/military-pay-shutdown-gop-stalling-bill

  68. You know the GOP is stepping into it big time when something like this happens:

    “Not all Republicans think a potential government shutdown would be good for the GOP.
    In a memo posted to his website, former Bush strategist Karl Rove points to polling numbers in the aftermath of the 1995 government shutdown that show the issue actually boosted President Clinton’s numbers ahead of his re-election campaign.”

    “The shutdowns helped improve Clinton’s political standing, boosting both his approval rating and perceptions of him as a strong leader,” Rove writes, hinting the same might happen with President Obama.

    “According to Gallup poll numbers posted by the former Bush aide, Clinton’s approval rating saw a nearly double-digit jump during the ’95 shutdown and went to steadily improve heading into the 1996 election. Rove writes that it was Clinton’s “confrontation” with Gingrich that boosted his numbers–an obvious implication that the GOP’s latest budget standoff could boost Obama.”

    “While the government shutdowns didn’t jeopardize Republicans’ hold on Congress, they helped President Clinton position himself for a successful 1996 reelection,” Rove writes. “President Obama’s ratings as a strong leader have slipped this year … Republicans should be careful not to let him recover as he gears up for his 2012 reelection campaign.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theticket/20110408/ts_yblog_theticket/karl-rove-warns-gop-that-shutdown-could-boost-obama

  69. The first floor of Florida’s Capitol was flooded with hundreds of protestors delivering pink slips to Gov. Rick Scott today. #

    They chanted: “Pink slip Rick!” “Fire Tricky Ricky!” “Where are the jobs?” #

    Capitol police closed the door to the governor’s office, saying the commotion was making it difficult for employees inside to concentrate. Scott himself was far away, visiting the St. Lucie County Career Center, Florida Atlantic University and a Heritage Foundation leadership dinner at the Four Seasons in Palm Beach. #

    Some of the protestors were members of community groups and campaigns representing the unemployed. Many were members of labor unions, who came to protest budget cuts, the privatization of state hospitals and bills moving through the legislature they said were anti-union. #

    http://washingtonindependent.com/107716/protestors-flood-florida-capitol-to-decry-budget-cuts-actions-against-unions

  70. While I agree with most of the smaller issues raised in this entire discussion, I truly believe that there is a much larger picture here. We probably all remember in March of 2009, of friend Rush said “we need Obama to fail”!

    I deeply believe that in addition to everything else, the repugs need the President to fail…………badly, thereby foreclosing the possibility any other Black man will be elected in our lifetimes. That is their real agenda.

  71. Japa, here’s more material for your list which clarifies that the funds the GOP wants to cut are not for abortions.

    “As the uncertainty of the very real-life drama about the budget stalemate and threatened shutdown of the federal government drags on, there is one thing you can count on.”

    “Every single major media outlet has gotten the story about riders wrong.”

    “Here is a fact: The GOP and Tea Party want to defund Planned Parenthood. It’s one of the primary targets and sticking points remaining in the ongoing budget talks.”

    “Another fact: Despite GOP talking points, this is not about abortion. The GOP/Tea Party proposal would bar Planned Parenthood from being reimbursed by any federal health program like Medicaid for providing primary and preventive health services including birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment, including HIV testing.”

    http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/554232/mainstream_media_fail%3A_the_budget_stalemate_is_about_the_gop_wanting_to_defund_women%27s_healthcare%2C_not_abortion/#paragraph5

  72. The POTUS is holding his ground, and some members of the GOP are beginning to re-think their positions:

    “While many Republicans are committed to holding up the budget over a social issue, at least three anti-choice Republicans are recognizing the absurdity of such an obstacle. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and — surprisingly — Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) have signaled a willingness drop the policy rider to reach an agreement and avoid a shutdown:

    – Toomey on MSNBC: “I think what we should do is cut spending as much as we can, get the policy changes that we can, but move on, because there are other, bigger battles that we are fighting,” he said yesterday.

    – Coburn on MSNBC: “And my recommendation to my friends in the House is, you know, it’s highly unlikely that many riders are going to get passed with a Democrat president and a Democrat Senate, so why don’t you take the spending and let’s get on to the budget,” he said Wednesday.

    – Bachmann on CNN: “I think that we should have a clean bill that makes sure that the paychecks get to the troops on time,” she told CNN’s John King yesterday.

    The “clean bill” Bachmann called for is exactly what the Democrats offered yesterday.

    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/08/anti-abortion-republicans-planned-parenthood-shutdown/

  73. Seriously. And the people who are unhappy with these spending cuts: if we had replicated 2008 in 2010, Dems would be less scared of swing voters. Them’s the brakes.

  74. Thank you so much for the kind thoughts, Japa…they ALL need lots of care and understanding. I hope he gets the help he needs to heal.

  75. I don’t click on HuffPo either, BWD, but I’ll follow Frank Schaeffer wherever he goes – so thanks for the link. I’m there!

  76. The President doesn’t have to attach anything to anything, since there’s already a law on the books (it’s been there for decades) that says exactly the same thing. This is a non-issue.

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