Make Washington Work

Hi Guys,

1. Weekly Address:


2. On the same issue, I know we all getting OFA emails, but I think the one that came yesterday from Jim Messina is important to pass on to those who are not on the list:

I spent this week moving boxes and getting set up in our new campaign headquarters in Chicago, but something happened in Washington that I want to make sure you know about. The CEOs from the five major oil companies — which together booked $36 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2011 alone — went to the Senate on Thursday to try to justify the $4 billion in tax giveaways they’re receiving this year. It’s a head-smackingly obvious example of how broken Washington is that there’s even a question about this.

These companies don’t need and don’t deserve taxpayer money — especially with a budget deficit to close and gas prices at or near record highs. Even worse is the fact that when the Senate tries to strip these oil company giveaways, it’s likely that a minority of senators will block a vote from happening. And even if the Senate manages to pass a bill eliminating the giveaways, there’s little chance it will be brought up for a vote in the House.

Here’s why: These five companies are expert manipulators of the money-for-influence game in Washington that the President is working to change. It’s simple math — they spent more than $145 million last year on nearly 800 lobbyists whose job is to defeat bills like this one. The $4 billion they’ll likely get to keep as a result represents a 2,700% return on their investment.

I’d like to be able to say with certainty that you can do something to help pass this bill, but the fact is that at this stage we may not be able to affect the outcome of next week’s vote. What we can do is build a campaign that will keep a spotlight on issues like this and the fundamental reasons why Washington doesn’t work. Our campaign doesn’t take money from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs. This organization will be a living example of doing politics a different way — from the bottom up; of, by, and for ordinary people. That example and the results we achieve on Election Day are the biggest blows we can strike against a dysfunctional system and the distorted outcomes it creates. But we have to start building right now. Add your name to our call for a new kind of politics today:

MAKE WASHINGTON WORK. *****************************************************************************


3. Couple of eye-opening charts:



4. Great read:

Obama’s ‘singular’ mother


The key to understanding the disciplined and often impassive 44th president is his mother, as Janny Scott, a reporter for the New York Times, decisively demonstrates in her new biography, “A Singular Woman.”

The solicitousness that can anger liberals, the deliberativeness that can infuriate conservatives, the unusual belief in both empirical research and human goodness, the wicked cutting humor—all of it comes from a woman who defied conventions.

A bookish outsider and only child, Ann Dunham was plunked down in Hawaii the year after it became a state by her restless father and her resolute mother. In her first months as a college freshman, at 17 years old, she got pregnant by her first boyfriend, an older student from Kenya named Barack Hussein Obama, who left her when the baby was 11 months old. Twice she married men from different cultures and races, then divorced them. With the help of her parents, she raised two biracial children as a single mother on the Pacific islands of two nations, got degrees in math and anthropology, spent years in peasant villages studying Javanese cottage industries, and pieced together grants and development work to make money and provide for her children’s education. Colleagues credit her with helping pioneer microcredit as a tool for lifting women out of poverty.

Through Scott’s meticulous reporting, archival research and extensive interviews with Dunham’s colleagues, friends and family, including the president and his sister, a portrait emerges of a woman who is both disciplined and disorganized, blunt-spoken and empathetic, driven and devoted to her children, even as she ruefully admits her failings and frets over her distance from them.


Better, instead, to follow the guidance of Stanley Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro, who always instructed her young research assistants, and her children, to emphasize “accuracy, rigor, patience, fairness, and not judging by appearances. “ ‘Don’t conclude before you understand,’ ” a friend from the Ford Foundation recalled her saying. “ ‘After you understand, don’t judge.’ ”



5. PBO’s week ahead:

Monday: HS commencement address in Memphis; Welcoming UConn men’s basketball team; Fundraisers
Tuesday: Meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II; Reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.
Wednesday: commencement speech at Coast Guard Academy; Boston fundraisers.
Thursday: Major speech on Mideast policy.
Friday: Meeting with Israeli PM Netanyahu.



85 thoughts on “Make Washington Work

  1. So much in this thread! I am presently reading “A Singular Woman” …who raised a singular son. An intriguing look at an intriguing woman.
    I particularly like the debt chart. When will people begin to realize that our entire troublesome times began with Reagan? He started the problems in California, as he did in the U.S. I remember those years and the wild spending of money for the military. I believe his statement “Government……Is the problem” was the genesis of what we’re reaping today. He was not a fiscal conservative.

  2. Pouts had to announce these new oil drilling steps. Republicans would have pounded him for not approving oil leases, while gas prices are 4bucks .

  3. I am reading the “Singular Woman” and I am very impressed with Mrs. Soetoro. For someone so young at the time, she had a very solid philosphy.

  4. Me too. I am from California and Reagan was a one term Governor but he did a lot of damage to our schools. I was in college with Reagan was President and he cut free grants and turned financing higher education over to the banks right when I graduated in 1982. From that point on it became more expense to get a college education. When they announced that he got shot, students (white) students cheered. I asked this one white student why she cheered, she said because he cut education and she had to borrow more money since her parents were not funding her education. At the time I was getting a small amount of grant money because of my minority status but I also lived at home and worked part time. ALL my funds were going for school and getting to school. When I graduated the economy was in the pits just like today. There were no jobs for graduating seniors. I finally got a job in my field but it did not pay enough to move out on my own. When I finally got a decent paying job the payroll taxes were quite high due to Reagan who raised them on working people to give rich people tax cuts. If it were not for my friend, I would not have any extra money to enjoy life, rent was not high as it is now but it took half my take home salary, plus utilities, gas, my student loan was $30 a month and I ran up credit cards and a car payment. It was not until Bill Clinton became president that my life turned around. I was able to buy a Condo, his tax cuts in the payroll taxes gave me more money to live on, life was good until Bush was appointed president. I knew after he started the war in iraq and afghanistan he would be president for eight years. That was his plan.

    I long for prosperity in America again and we can only get that with President Obama. People are waking up that the republicans are for the greedy corporations and I pray enough independents and a few repubs vote this president back in again or we are all doomed.

    Have a great weekend everyone.


  6. Two fascinating speeches to look forward to this week…commencement address at BTW in Memphis and a major speech on the Middle East.

  7. excellent charts! Thanks BWD!

    May GOD continue to richly bless our President!

    May GOD bless tehe United States of America!

    GOD is LOVE!

  8. Although it was certainly very bad form that the students cheered when Reagan got shot, I understand everything you’re saying 100%. Plus, I was a federal worker at the time, and Reagan hated federal workers (think air traffic controllers and beyond).

  9. I agree, ben! We need to pass those charts along to everybody we can think of (especially those who never look for the back story on what they hear on FOX).

  10. To give a perspective, the petrol price in India is about 5.2 dollars a gallon. This is in a country where the annual middle class income averages at about 6000 dollars.

  11. Good morning everyone. I have never understood why Reagan is touted to be the greatest Republican President of our time. He literally started us on this big downhill slide. He made so many bad decisions and said so many negative things. The one thing that has stuck in my mind all these many years is he and the media painting a picture for the American people about black people driving Cadillacs while on welfare and living in shacks. I have never gotten over that. I could not believe that he could get away with vilifying people that way.

  12. I haven’t been on here for a few day but I like all of the comments about Reagan and the Republicans.

    Ever since Reagan came into the picture the Republican party started going down hill. The stupid policy of trickle down economics without serious tax reform while putting it and everything else on the credit card does not work.

    The republicans use to be a party that was fiscally conservative and cared about the greater good of the society but the crazies (John Birchers, Confederates, and neo-cons) have taken the party over.

  13. Happy Saturday, Everyone! 🙂 I’m passing that chart along, not to place blame, but to pressent facts. Some folks need both SHOW & TELL. Thanks for bringing it, BWD.

  14. Yes he hated federal workers. I worked for an company who was funded by CSA (Community Services Administration). Reagan dismantled the entire CSA agency. I also remember his busting of the Air Traffic Controllers union.

  15. I hope those images of who increased the depth and the legacy of Bush failed policies is being blown up to big billboard poster sizes for use in the upcoming campaign. Actually these things should used right now, should be mailed to every American’s household. The same way I receive GOP Koch brothers financed b.s.

    I can’t understand why the Dems don’t send out positive informative things like this and easy to understand info about the affordable care act. I know so many people, ordinary non political people, who support potus Obama but find HCR complicated as hell. Many don’t even take of advantage of it cause they don’t understand it. I wish the Dems would get on this.

  16. Great read but single mothers all over who strives and work hard to raise their kids, should also be praised. Single mothers was a omen and women was degraded for not having a man in the house. Women was made and labeled into being whores for not having a father for their children and many believe that children could not be successful if they did’nt have a father. Credit should be giving to all women who had to suffer this hardship.Even those who child is not the president of the United Stats.

  17. The orange blog has eased off on president obama significantly. I dont often see doom and gloom diaries on the website. Occasionally when they pop up, there is a lot of pushback in the comments, making the remaining pl look like a fringe element. 90% of liberals approve of obama in the latest ppp poll.

    Furthermore when kos just recently tried to allege that obama has just started to pay attention to his base, there was huge pushback on him. Even slinkerwink (mini jane hampster) trashed gg for his allegation of “killing osama should mean its okay to…..”

  18. The first of the two should effectively end the Mitch Daniels candidacy.

  19. I’m making a copy of the deficit graphic and posting it to FB and Twitter!

  20. “ ‘Don’t conclude before you understand,’ ” a friend from the Ford Foundation recalled her saying. “ ‘After you understand, don’t judge.’ ”

    He totally soaked up these pearls of wisdom from his mother. I’m re-reading “The Bridge” – I read it fairly quickly the first time and am doing a slow read now and find myself smiling quite frequently in a way that takes pride in Obama (reminds me of how I do that when someone is praising my own son) when a passage speaks to his brilliance or his understanding of how to get things done.

    I encourage everyone on this blog who hasn’t read it yet to do so.

  21. I completely and utterly agree. I think that there’s a huge social media presence by Dems which is a terrific thing, but good old fashioned mailers with simple graphics like this are a good idea as well IMO.

  22. Problems there come from the top down; that space is not to be trusted. If the *owner* of the site is that hostile to President Obama, what do people expect but continuous eruptions of that hostility?

    I personally do not care if people like sw try to scramble to get in front of the rejection of fanaticism and purity politics; this is fingers to the wind expedience and IMO our solution is to become our own news analysts rather than depending upon the goodwill of for-profit blogs and sensationalists when they have been anything but consistent in this regard. I wish that more people were adamant about promoting spaces such as this one, in which every single day you can count on rational, non-malicious analysis, than promoting the cash $$$$ business of Markos knowing full well how quickly that space is capable of completely flipping on POTUS. They’re now trying to appeal to POTUS 90+% liberal Dem support for the simple reason that we are a big constituency to mine for MONEY; page-click-inducing money. Never again will I spend a second of my time being used like that when they don’t even have the good graces to not concern troll and purity troll national elections (they put out horrible content during the runup to the 2010 elections for months and months, then tried to salvage for a few weeks but it was too late). Never again.

    /my two cents

  23. I understand what you are saying about them informing the American people more but President Obama has talked about Health care reform over and over and over again.

    If the American people are too lazy or stupid to look it up themselves in an era where all you have to do is Google it then there is very little the President can do.

    The Dems need to do a better job but the American people need to do a better job of being informed.

  24. A picture of her is emerging which suggests genius IMO. Both of those parents were very smart and had the chaos/disorganization sometimes typical of highly creative people. Her philosophies and thoughts seem really ingrained in President Obama, and in addition, he’s disciplined, grounded and able to thrive in chaos. Sounds like a great book!

  25. I was a federal worker when Reagan was pres. I quit rather than suffer the reductions in salary and modifiying our health insurance and outlawing abortion coverage. Bush was a natural born disaster from the day he was sworn in. We MUST re-elect Pres. Obama to have any kind of chance getting out of this hole we are in.

  26. so everyone’s shrugging off the news about drilling? are we really at that last resort? is this an absolutely necessary decision that Obama had to make?

  27. Mittens is getting no love from NPR.

    Poor Mitt Romney.

    The former GOP governor of Massachusetts, now running for president, is trying desperately to simultaneously defend and disavow the landmark universal health law he signed in 2006. That’s because it bears an uncanny – and not at all accidental – resemblance to the federal law that Congress passed in 2010. That’s the one that most Republicans desperately want to repeal, largely because it includes a deeply unpopular “individual mandate;” a requirement for most people to either have health insurance or pay a penalty.

    “A lot of pundits around the nation are saying that I should just stand up and say that this whole thing was a mistake; that it was a boneheaded idea, and I should just admit it … and walk away from it,” Romney told an audience Thursday at the University of Michigan, the state where he was born and where his father served as governor in the 1960s.

    But no, said Romney, he won’t do that. Instead, he launched into a defense of the Massachusetts law that made him sound very much like, well, President Obama.

    “There’s no government insurance here,” Romney said. “We didn’t create a government insurance program or government insurance policy. … No, no, we gave people a premium support program where they could buy their own private insurance of their choice. And for the poor, we helped them with support.”

    Funny, that’s exactly how the federal law will work, much to the dismay, of course, of liberals who very much wanted a “public option” as one available choice.

    Romney also professed his disdain for the way Western Europe provides health coverage to its citizens. “There’s not a lot I want to borrow from France and Switzerland,” he said.

    Funny, though. Massachusetts’ law was based in large part on the Swiss model, which also requires individuals to purchase private insurance that covers a minimum set of benefits. How quickly we forget.

    The link is here.

    I’ve started listening to NPR again, and I have to admit, it seems damned reasonable. Maybe that combined with the decline in partisan yakker ratings could signal a return to reasoned debate in this country.

  28. I listen to NPR on the radio and PBS news on the TV – best source of news other than some of the blogs like this one.

  29. I used to be a huge NPR fan, then sort of became disenchanted when they started veering toward Village think. (Cokie Roberts, anyone?)

    What’s amazing about that article is how, well, journalistic it is. It doesn’t just engage in stenography of Romney’s statements, but does some rather good analysis, and ever so gently posits that he’s being a bit less than truthful. That’s what journalism should be. There are two sides to every story, but sometimes one of those sides is just plain wrong.

  30. That is SUPER TRUE!

    My motto is…”From 1940-80 the wealthiest Americans paid between 70% and 90% in income taxes and that’s how we built…
    the American Dream.”

  31. There’s nothing new there, all of this is stuff he already authorized over the past two years. It will take decades to get rid of oil dependence. Meanwhile, people leave their pants at the pump. Gas prices killed Jimmy Carter, god save us all if they’ll do the same to this president.

  32. He’s got no good moves on this one. Amazing that an act of benevolence such as expanding access to health care is considered such an ugly mark within the GOP’s base. Says everything we need to know about the political parties.

  33. I agree. It’s nothing but a business model for Markos. Hopefully it means his business is down and now he’s back trying to be the “more democrats” is stead of the purity chasing “better democrats” but I think it’s very unlikely. He took off his mask and exposed who he and his site it. It’s a fringe hate site marketing in trumped up outrage of the moment in order to gin up baseless fears to get more page views and sell books. It’s a cottage industry for the nutroots.

    He’s making his next business move, buying up sites like the former Swing State Project, to try and appear more moderate and up his viewership again. He’s going to be a regular on Olberman’s new television show, along with the odious huckster Michael Moore.

  34. True that on NPR…

    Sure they’re liberal on social issues like reproductive rights and arts funding etc. but when it comes to money issues (raising taxes on the rich etc.) they often share an identical view with the Wall St. Journal.

    “From 1940-80 the wealthiest Americans paid between 70% and 90% in income taxes and that’s how we built…
    the American Dream.”

  35. I wonder how many people will make the trek to Current TV to watch KO? More to the point, how many systems carry Current on a low tier. For example, I have Dish Network, and Current is carried only on the top two tiers. I might tune in to the show just to see what the tone is, but I’m not at all hopeful.

  36. My mom raised two boys and me (only girl) on welfare all our lives and all three of us are responsible, taxpayers, and giving back to society. Two of us went to college and earned degrees and one served his country and learned a skill while in the navy. I have no problem helping others in our society because most of these kids become good citizens. I hate it when they only focus on those kids who don’t. Most of the time it’s our new zero tolerance that hurts us the most. I know plenty of kids who got into trouble but were given many chances to turn their lives around before adulthood. Now it’s one strike and you’re in prison for the rest of your life and taxpayers pay more. When will we get it?

  37. I just hope the Dems veer hard away from giving Romney credit for the ACA once his candidacy is over. I don’t like the Dems giving away one of their crowning achievements because it’s politically beneficial for the moment.

    But maybe if it’s accepted as a “republican idea” it will be easier to improve on over time, whereas if it’s seen as a far left bill it will be hard to improve and easier to dismantle.

    I wonder if establishing it as largely borrowed from “Romneycare” will help bring up it’s popularity in the polls a bit. I mean Romney is trapped in that if he runs away from it saying it was bad then it’s still a huge black mark against him because it calls his judgement into question as a decision maker. So he needs to embrace it and still say it was a good idea, while disavowing it as a national plan.

    So Mitt will spend a lot of time and money defending Romneycare from all primary challengers for months and months(hopefully), might convince some of his supporters that the ACA can’t be all that bad.

    The GOP needs to get Romney out of the way and quick so as a party than can launch attacks against “Obamacare” without having one of their own PResidential candidates essentially defending it. Problem is is that this is ROmney’s last chance and he is not getting out of the way for the good of the party this time (like he did in 2008). He also is planning for a long primary battle with designs on winning by bankrupting challengers who are set up for sprints.

    Given the field there will be no sprint winners – the first 4-5 states could all go to different candidates (and I believe the first four are no longer winner take all as the GOP wanted a longer primary as they believe the Dems benefitted from it in 2008).

  38. There is one energy issue that can play for the Dem’s and I’m pretty sure the president’s team knows this….

    Now hold on everybody…I’m going to say a word that might make you think I’m nuts, because it has been so perfectly demonized by the oil industry, but the best solution to our energy needs honestly is…
    E T H A N O L

    All the fake-fun-facts you’ve heard about ethanol are wrong wrong wrong. It doesn’t pollute worse than fossil fuels and it doesn’t take more energy to make it than you get from it. And most importantly IT DOES NOT neccessarily increase food prices… I offer the link below to a pro-ethanol group that offers some good info’.

    The best thing about ethanol is that the USA and the whole American continent is the most fertile and best place on earth to grow massive bio-mass for ethanol and southerners here in Georgia (my home) love the idea (for selfish reasons of course) and really differ with the right sing talkers they adore on this issue…this is the wedge issue of all wedge issues!

  39. Isn’t Brazil basically fueled by ethanol? It’s one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

  40. Well done everyone! BWD this posting is so well put together that it evoked many good/thought-out comments. Love the chart!!!

  41. US charges six with aiding Pakistani Taliban.

    Authorities in the US have charged six people with providing financial support to the Pakistani Taliban.

    Three are US citizens, including two imams at Florida mosques, while three are at large in Pakistan.

    The news comes amid heightened tension in relations between Pakistan and the US following the US raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.


    The four-count indictment against the six people was announced by the US attorney for the Southern District of Florida and local FBI agents.

    The three Florida citizens were named as Hafiz Khan, 76, and his sons Irfan Khan, 37, and Izhar Khan, 24.

    Hafiz Khan is the imam at the Flagler Mosque in Miami, while Izhar Khan is the imam at the Jamaat al-Mumineen Mosque in nearby Margate.

    Ali Rehman, Alam Zeb and Amina Khan, who live in Pakistan, were also charged.

    Amina Khan is the daughter of Hafiz Khan. Alam Zeb is her son.

    The six are accused of conspiring to provide material support to a conspiracy to murder, injure and kidnap people abroad and conspiring to provide support to a terrorist organisation, the Pakistani Taliban.

    Each of the four counts carries a possible 15-year jail term.


    Members of the US Congress have been calling for Washington to cut its billions of dollars in aid to Islamabad, saying some Pakistani officials must have known Bin Laden was hiding in the country.

    John Kerry, on a visit to Afghanistan, said there were “serious questions that need to be answered” in the US-Pakistan relationship.

    Mr Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif: “We’re not trying to find a way to break the relationship apart, we’re trying to find a way to build it.”

    However the Democrat senator, who is close to the Obama administration, said that if the US came to believe Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar was in Pakistan, the US would “always reserve all of its options to be able to protect our people”.

  42. Every time someone posts a story about the deficit we need to include this graphic or in our response refer to this debt graphic (the one with the photos of hte president on top of the chart). One of the best I’ve seen, clean and simple.

  43. May 13, 2011

    Secretary Chu Highlights More Than 1,800 Electric Vehicle Chargers Installed Under the Recovery Act
    Investments in Electric Vehicles Helping to Reduce America’s Reliance on Imported Oil

    LOS ANGELES – As part of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive plan to address rising gas prices and reduce oil imports one-third by 2025, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that to date, more than 1,800 electric vehicle chargers have been installed under the Recovery Act. Coulomb Technologies, ECOtality, General Motors and others have been moving forward to install the charging stations as part of the Administration’s investments in U.S. electric vehicle manufacturing and alternative vehicle infrastructure. Secretary Chu made the announcement at an event today in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, California, where he was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Coulomb Technologies founder and Chief Technology Officer Richard Lowenthal. The event marked the installation of the 500th electric vehicle (EV) charger by Coulomb, which received a $15 million award under the Recovery Act.

    “President Obama has set an ambitious goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. Investing in the U.S. electric vehicle industry will help us reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create jobs for U.S. workers, and provide American families and businesses with alternatives to protect them from future spikes in gas prices,” said Secretary Chu. “Building energy-saving electric cars and trucks, and the infrastructure to power them, will help Americans save money at the pump and improve the nation’s energy security.”

  44. On his twitter page, David Axelrod said, that epilepsy is caused by tapeworm infection, and people don’t know this.

    HMMM! good to know!~ so, cook your meat, thouroughly.

  45. Huckabee told his friends, when I make my announcmemt tonight(on fixed news), it is going to get even more crazy!
    Ya think?

  46. “Illinois has done something truly remarkable, and every state committed to education reform should take notice. Business, unions, educators, advocates and elected officials all came together around a plan that puts children ahead of adults and paves the way for meaningful education reform. For some time now I have been saying that tough-minded collaboration is more productive than confrontation, and this is the proof. I respectfully urge Governor Quinn to sign this quickly so that Illinois can put these landmark reforms to work in the classroom.”

    Dept of Education-

  47. Does that mean he’s running? Or the fact he’s not running will make things somehow more crazy?

  48. When I left that place in 2009, I left for good, and I’m sure that there are many like myself. I became disgusted with the move from supporting dems and disagreements based on critical thinking to totally trashing everything the dems and PBO did/thought/felt. I won’t be going back for any reason because those who run the blog have exposed themselves as unreliable characters with goals that don’t match my own for the country.

  49. eh, I just looked over there and they are having nyceve who spent months lying about the healthcare bill and who tried to kill it chair the healthcare panel at Netroots Nation. Not one person there commented on how disgusting it was that someone who tried to destroy a bill that has helped millions is now going to be leading a discussion on the bill.

    That place is a sewer.

  50. I will be getting the book, hopefully by Wed next week. I read the 7 page write up by the New Yorker both here and on Politico or Talkingpointsmemo.

    DWSchultz, the new DNC chair and the rest of the Dems need to Use data such as you have provided and the rest of the Dems need to try a bit harder by getting themselves on TV, print, Cable and TV to showcase these data.

    Then they need to go a bit further, chronologically, showing what the GOPers have done to this nation since the election of Nixon, in 1968.

    America stopped growing.

    USA is a visual nation. Many of the teabaggers will never be convinced but the Indies will with data, graphs and show and tell.

    This coming Sunday, out of 12 booked for the Sunday shows, per Rachel Maddow, last night, ONLT Durbin was the ONLY Dem.

    Dems should not be sitting down and taking it. The networks must be challenged.

    Great job as usual. I appreciate all your efforts.

  51. NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–Crude oil futures settled modestly higher near $100 a barrel Friday, after a volatile session sparked by sharp moves in the dollar and euro.

    After a week-long selloff, crude regained some footing near $100 a barrel, but failed to settle above that level for a third day straight. That’s the longest string of sub-$100 settlements since March 1.

    The market danced to the tune emanating from the exchange market, as the euro climbed early on news that first-quarter gross domestic product rose 2.5% in the eurozone economies, compared with expectations of a 2.2% gain. A weaker dollar makes crude and other dollar-denominated commodities cheaper for some overseas investors. But lingering worries about sovereign debt gave the dollar room to rebound, forcing oil down to $97 near midday.

  52. So, now the floods are increasing oil prices.
    When will this bad luck stop?
    Floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, etc…
    I know, it is all the Presidents fault, according to fox news!

  53. To all concerned about the imbalance on the Sunday morning shows….that includes me…we should write the networks and hosts. Numbers of letters impress them, and threats to boycott sponsors. Perhaps we could even make some solid suggestions for people to have on their shows. One would be Governor Quinn of Illinois. Rachel is always a fantastic guest, too. Congresswoman Debbie W-S, ….others?

  54. Just saying, it’s a free country and purity people can be as unconscionable as they prefer (and I agree, having a “kill the bill” advocate chair a hcr discussion is unconscionable, but what do you expect from those people), however, that doesn’t mean that we need to be tracking them, linking to them, or in any way shape or form invested in what that space is doing. IMO to do so is folly, as we already know what that’s about. IMO those aren’t real liberals, so let them enjoy themselves doing what they do and acting how they act. I don’t mind people fact-checking and correcting their poisonous narratives and memes, but I personally vote for a disengagement.

  55. Exactly. If we had listened to Jimmy Carter over 35 years ago we might not be here now. But we didn’t, so here we are, and are still years away from leaving oil behind.

  56. I’m the most unhappy about David Gregory – I used to love “Meet the Press” – now I hate it.

    I don’t mind “The Chris Matthews Show” and I think “This Week” usually isn’t awful.

    I wish they had put Chuck on “Meet the Press” – at least I think he is fair.

  57. Okay, I’m going to reveal myself for the neo-luddite that I am: how do you get that cool budget graph posted on your facebook page?

  58. ^Ametia, a great find…

    It needs to Go more Viral, along w/those two above charts…WE need to SPREAD THIS FAR & WIDE/PASS IT ON!!!

    And, here’s some addl info (which includes another chart) about the first chart: (Maddow did a segment about the last chart; it would complement your vid clip. I need to find it!)

    The Chart That Should Accompany Every Discussion of Deficits…

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.More, Together! (h/t Bobfr) 😉
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!


  59. I am not tracking anyone. That’s a crappy thing to accuse me of. I just read it on a diary at DK. I am seriously disgusted. Nothing like being attacked for posting a comment here.

  60. That wasn’t meant as an accusation or attack; I have never and would never attack you. My apologies that my awkward wording could be read as such.

  61. I couldn’t agree more. I personally don’t like the current repackaging of ACA as RomneyCare, as there are several distinct improvements, including a massive expansion of the Medicaid program. This has been a truly successful campaign, however, with respect to boxing Romney into a corner from which he has few coherent options, and, as you note, weakening the GOP’s ability to attack the ACA in unison.

    The public’s rejection of HCR represents a massive fail on the part of the nascent lefty media. The nonstop attacks against this program, far from helping people, has created massive misunderstandings about many of the legislation’s strengths. I wish that more pundits would disengage from the destructive slash and burn kill the billers on the left and take another look at what the ACA puts on the table, and how to formulate positive arguments for its improvement.

  62. Just imho but I consider Reagan one of the worst presidents we ever had, even worse than Bush. Reagan set us up for what we are reaping now, from the war mongering, bad foreign relations, to the devastation in our economy and the blood feast of corporations on our people.

    I despise Reagan I consider him a corrupt, incompetent bastard and his supporters disgusting maggots. Frankly it took me a long time and maybe I haven’t yet forgiven, Ted Kennedy and the Dems who didn’t support Jimmy Carter for re-election.

  63. Bless you sweet Tulips for saying this. It is so true and a single parent has to work so much harder.

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