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Dems Laugh Off GOP Demand That They Make First Move On Medicare Benefit Cuts

Source: Talking Points Memo

Dems Laugh Off GOP Demand That They Make First Move On Medicare Benefit Cuts

The problem is, unlike the Democrats’ calls for higher taxes on rich Americans, the GOP’s preferred Medicare cuts are deeply unpopular. So they’re trying to cow Democrats into proposing these cuts first — to effectively author both sides of the proposal — and provide them political cover.

“We’ve come down with ours. We’re still waiting for theirs. That’s the status of the negotiations,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in the Capitol Thursday, laughing off the GOP’s demand.

Though the expiration of the Bush tax cuts provides Democrats enough leverage to ignore the GOP’s demand for Medicare cuts altogether, conversations with Senate Democratic aides reveal Democrats will accede to some modest spending reductions up front, so that Republicans will agree to simultaneously increase the debt ceiling and avoid another economically damaging standoff early next year.

Complicating matters for the GOP is the paradox that it’s easier, both politically and legislatively, to realize savings in Medicare by making the program more robust. Democrats are prepared push those sorts of reforms in 2013 when the two sides set about seeking a broader package of entitlement and tax reforms. In contrast, the Republican aim in these budget negotiations is to forge ahead with proposals designed to weaken the program, not to reduce spending on Medicare per se.

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VIDEO: Sixth-Grader Explains “Fiscal Cliff,” Meets President

VIDEO: Sixth-Grader Explains “Fiscal Cliff,” Meets President

Noah Williams-Morrill, the West Reading Elementary student who made the “Sixth Grader Explains the Fiscal Cliff in 1 Minute” video below, has become famous enough that now he’ll get to meet President Obama today, during the president’s Philadelphia stop to rally supporters in favor of his fiscal plans. And if Williams-Morrill didn’t actually explain the fiscal cliff that well—if the problem isn’t that the government will run out of money, but rather that (for various reasons) a whole bunch of tax cuts on most Americans expire at the end of the year, meaning they’ll have smaller paychecks, buy less stuff, and thus cause a weak economy to go back into recession—well, it would be churlish to point that out, right? The kid’s a sixth-grader! And he’s meeting the president!


This is the Real whitey tape.

"Mitt Would Have Won If Nobody But White Folks Voted"

The Only Votes That Matter

According to an analysis by the Daily Yonder, which covers rural issues, rural presidential turnout dropped by twice the national average this year, sinking from 67.2 percent in 2008 to 54.9 percent.

Much of the erosion came from Democratic voters.

“Neither of the candidates inspired rural voters to go vote,” James Gimpel, a University of Maryland political scientist, told the Daily Yonder, “although there was even less enthusiasm for Obama than there was for Romney.”

Romney did, however, manage to win the rural vote by a higher percentage than John McCain. In 2008, McCain won 53.3 percent to Barack Obama’s 45.6 percent, but Romney won 58.9 percent among rural voters. That figure tracked almost exactly with George W. Bush’s rural performance in 2004.


Obama To Romney: "Let's Stay In Touch" Translated

The Civilest of Uncivil Lunches
posted by PAUL CONSTANT on THU, NOV 29, 2012 at 1:25 PM
Here, via NBC, is the White House report on President Obama and Mitt Romney's no-media lunch:

This afternoon, President Obama and Governor Romney visited for an hour over lunch in the Private Dining Room adjacent to the Oval Office. Governor Romney congratulated the President for the success of his campaign and wished him well over the coming four years. The focus of their discussion was on America's leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining that leadership position in the future. They pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future. Their lunch menu included white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad.

1. As Boston.com notes, Mitt Romney kicked off his 2012 campaign by serving big bowls of Ann Romney’s turkey chili to fans in New Hampshire. There is no way that today’s menu was a coincidence.

2. “Let’s stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future” is the new “fuck you, you fucking fuck.”


Cat-Friend vs Dog-Friend

heh heh...just like that

ROLLING STONE Imagines Obama/Romney Lunch...

OBAMA: Um, cool. So, hey, Joe Biden's going to be here in a minute and a half to say some crazy stuff and take off the pressure a bit. Maybe we can just relax till then, what do you say?

ROMNEY: You mean, like, chill? I know that one. Tagg used that once when one of the help was slow in bringing foam armor suits for the Romney family's yearly Father-Son Test of Wills.

OBAMA: The help?

ROMNEY: Yeah, you know. (Talking fast])The people who bring you the things you can't reach. They're really helpful! That's why they're the help. (Hearty chuckle)

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/eavesdropping-on-obama-and-romneys-lunch-meeting-20121129#ixzz2Dj3zBtPn
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GOP: Well, We Used To Be Motivated By Simple Profit-NOW, We're Doing It Out Of Spite.

How the plutocrats are handling Mitt Romney’s loss:


Dear Washington douchebags: "JUMP"!


You don't like President Obama playing hardball with you fuckers do you?

Yeah that's right you frickin bastards. Obama won the goddamn election and you pundits and asswipes didn't. And guess what, here is his initial offer:

1. An immediate $1 trillion tax hike through higher top marginal income tax rates as well as higher taxes on both capital gains and dividends.
2. An agreement to raise $600 billion more in taxes later this year by limiting tax deductions for top earners.
3. $50 billion in new infrastructure stimulus spending.
4. Another “emergency” extension of unemployment benefits.
5. An extension of either the payroll tax cut or the reinstatement of Obama’s stimulus Making Work Pay tax credit.
6. A mortgage refinancing program.
7. Billions in new spending to prevent cuts to Medicare reimbursement payments for doctors.
8. An infinite debt limit hike.

You passed your Ryan Budget. Were here's the FUCK YOU to the Ryan Budget. And if you don't like it...JUMP MOTHERFUCKERS! Jump off the cliff you bastards! You don't like the offer...fine...stop negotiating. Mitch McConnell says he burst out laughing. I never heard a repressed turtle laugh, but i'm sure it sounds plenty goddamn good from the edge of a cliff or slope or promontory or whatever.

All I know is this, we Democrats stand firmly behind our president. If he's in your motherfucking face, we're happy about it. As far as I'm concerned, if you wont kneel and bow to your master, then go ahead and be ballsy and jump!


Just Take December Off

Friday :: Nov 30, 2012
Just Take December Off

by paradox


Who on earth does Congress think they’re fooling with all this self-imposed masturbatory political trigger contortions of nothing? Jesus Christ. If things are so horribly nuclear terrible this Fall with impossible conditions, well then my good homies, let the conditions expire and fix them in January when everyone is not so trapped. Or bullied into something greatly harmful.

And oh my fucking god the media in all this! Approximately two weeks ago I made the mistake of eating dinner in front of NBC, and not only did they totally leave out the history and context of the Bush tax cuts and those making more than $250,000, the rank fear-mongering in all this absurdity was deeply alarming. “This is really scary!” the reporter breathlessly panted.

NBC needs a story, fine, but inciting fear over nothing with issues that hold great importance is a line those assclowns should be a lot more careful of. NBC seems to think it has a bottomless well of trust in its viewers as they barf up anything they call journalism, but it cannot last forever with such powerfully destructive behavior.

Amusingly one of the terrible triggers are defense cuts. If one really thinks DOD cuts are coming from this totally militarist President and Congress, dream on. What a laugher, DOD triggers will do that magical vanishing act soon.


David Petraeus says he 'screwed up royally' in letter to old Army buddy

David Petraeus says he 'screwed up royally' in letter to old Army buddy
Last Updated: 5:06 AM, November 29, 2012
Posted: 1:06 AM, November 29, 2012

Ex-CIA chief David Petraeus took the blame for the extramarital affair that torpedoed his career, but his forgiving wife, Holly, is sticking by him, according to a newly revealed private letter.

“I screwed up royally,” Petraeus told his longtime Army pal, retired Brig. Gen. James Shelton in the hand-written missive.

“I paid the price (appropriately) and I sought to do the right thing at the end of the day,” he wrote in the Nov. 20 message.

Petraeus stepped down on Nov. 9 as news of his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell went public.

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