CBO: Paul Ryan’s joke will INCREASE the debt

Beside destroying the lives of the weakest and most vulnerable, the CBO project that by the end of the 10-year budget window, public debt will actually be higher than it would be if the GOP just did nothing.

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Paul Krugman:

Gosh. For a plan that supposedly sets a new standard of seriousness, Paul Ryan’s vision  depends an awful lot on unicorn sightings — belief in the impossible.

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This isn’t a serious proposal; it’s a strange combination of cruelty and insanely wishful thinking.

So, where is this Liberal hero who will save us from the most Liberal President in 40 years?

No, seriously. From what I read in the blogs, President Obama must face primaries. You see, the entire country is just waiting for a Dennis Kucinich /Bernie Sanders/Ralph Nader/Whatever to sweep into the WH, kick that “just-like-Bush” guy, and leads us all to the era of peace, prosperity and single payer.

So, seriously, where is he?

Please let me know, I’ll be waiting here.

Monday morning open mishmash

Hi guys,

I’m going to be stuck at work – Monday is busy-busy-busy here – so I’ll be back only later. However, since you are my Internetz-family (!), I do want to say something.

I woke up this morning to the noise of especially heavy flow of nasty mails and comments – All from the Left. It’s always just from the left, I get very few hate mails from the Right. Now, I’m a big girl, i can deal with it, even though it’s gotten worse lately – But over the past few weeks I see more and more comments here quoting posts from other sites – The same sites (not just one) that pushed me into starting this place.

I don’t mind venting: Those guys earned our resentment and we earned the right to say all that we feel – But actually copying and pasting their baseless and hateful anti-PBO posts, even for the sake of making a point – Well, I’d appreciate if we keep it to the minimum.

I’m pretty sure that things will just get uglier as we approach 2012 – it’s already more and more difficult to find so-called progressives sites that I can actually visit without feeling sick – So let’s try at least to keep this place as clean of this vile as possible .

Thanks for everything. I love you. Have a good day.

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Today’s schedule:

10:20 AM PBO visits a classroom at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, VA.
10:40 AM PBO delivers a speech on reforming education.
11:00 AM  
11:55 AM PBO meets with senior advisers.
12:00 PM  
12:30 PM Carney briefs the press.
1:00 PM  
1:45 PM PBO holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Rasmussen of Denmark.
2:00 PM  
2:25 PM PBO and Prime Minister Rasmussen of Denmark deliver statements to the press.
3:00 PM PBO meets with General David Petraeus.
4:00 PM  
5:00 PM  
6:00 PM  
7:00 PM  
7:30 PM PBO attends a DNC event.

NBC/WSJ poll: 62% against stripping public employees’ bargaining rights

Not that Walker could care less, but….

Strong majorities of Americans say they are comfortable with states requiring their employees to pay more for their retirement and health care to balance state budget deficits, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

But the public is adamantly against eliminating public employees’ collective-bargaining rights — as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is pursuing.

In the poll, a whopping 68 percent find it acceptable requiring public employees to contribute more of their pay for retirement benefits; 63 percent are fine with requiring these employees to pay more for their health-care benefits; and 58 percent are OK with freezing public employees’ salaries for one year.

But just 33 percent say it’s acceptable — and 62 percent say it’s unacceptable — to eliminate these employees’ collective-bargaining rights as way to deal with state budget deficits.

In addition, 77 percent believe that public employees have the same collective-bargaining rights (when it comes to health care, pensions, and other benefits) that union employees who work for private companies have.

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