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OBAMA's Trojan Horse - No, He Won't Cave! - by David Corn

The Myth of the Obama Cave-In
With the "fiscal cliff" looming, the conventional wisdom is that the president capitulated during the last tax-cut fight. Here's what really happen

by David Corn


Obama's aides, though, also knew that by the end of the year there would be some legislation regarding the Bush tax cuts—however that knotty issue was to be resolved—and they came up with a plan to turn this measure into something of a Trojan Horse that could contain (or hide) various stimulative measures. Before the midterm elections, Obama's economic team began compiling a list of possibilities, including a payroll tax cut and various tax credits.


Two years later, Obama still does not tell the story of that period well. In response to Yellin's question, he did not take explicit issue with her cave-in characterization:

Well, two years ago, the economy was in a different situation. We were still very much in the early parts of recovering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. And ultimately, we came together not only to extend the Bush tax cuts, but also a wide range of policies that were going to be good for the economy at that point—unemployment insurance extensions, payroll tax extension—all of which made a difference, and is part of the reason why what we've seen now is 32 consecutive months of job growth and over 5.5 million jobs created and the unemployment rate coming down.

Yet Obama is right: the current circumstances are different, and after his reelection he is in a better position to do battle on the tax-cut front. He told Yellin:

What I said at the time is what I meant, which is this was a one-time proposition. And what I have told leaders privately as well as publicly is that we cannot afford to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. What we can do is make sure that middle-class taxes don’t go up.

In a recent White House meeting with labor leaders and progressive activists, Obama signaled he is ready to fight the GOPers—and this time dare the Republicans to block continuing the tax cuts for the middle-class. But no one ought to forget that Obama, a progressive in his policy preferences, remains a pragmatist. What happened two years ago is not an indication that Obama is likely to yield in the new face-off, but that he will be assessing the political dynamics in gridlocked Washington and be willing to bargain hard for a good deal with true benefits.

That's not caving in. It's governing.

much more:

It has happened Mitt Romney OFFICIALLY candidate of the 47% in perpetuity!

via: http://rising-hegemon.blogspot.com/2012/11/it-has-happened.html

Fiorina (Ousted HP CEO-Recieved $42 Million): ‘It is not fair’ that public workers are ‘so rich’

Fiorina: ‘It is not fair’ that public workers are ‘so rich’

By David Edwards
Sunday, November 25, 2012 15:26 EST

Carly Fiorina, who reportedly stood to receive more than $42 million after being ousted at HP in 2005, says that public workers should receive less benefits because “it is not fair” that unions are “so rich.”


F. Scott Fitzgerald : "Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different."

LOL! "Intellectuals" at FOX "News" give up "War On X-mas" in exchange for "War On Men"

(The moral of the story is that feminism has killed men’s boners.)
Having overwhelmingly lost the vote of women, especially single women, in 2012, the “intellectuals” at FoxNews have devised a cunning plan. Make sure they lose them even worse by saying society’s ills, such as they imagine them, can be laid at the feet of all the single ladies.

Women aren’t women anymore.

To say gender relations have changed dramatically is an understatement. Ever since the sexual revolution, there has been a profound overhaul in the way men and women interact. Men haven’t changed much – they had no revolution that demanded it – but women have changed dramatically.

In a nutshell, women are angry. They’re also defensive, though often unknowingly. That’s because they’ve been raised to think of men as the enemy. Armed with this new attitude, women pushed men off their pedestal (women had their own pedestal, but feminists convinced them otherwise) and climbed up to take what they were taught to believe was rightfully theirs.

Now the men have nowhere to go.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/11/24/war-on-men/#ixzz2DKyZuutP

George P. Bush, the next phase in GOP’s “War on Women”?

George P. Bush, just the person to save the GOP… from winning.

Slate wrote a gushing little summary of a Politico story about the political future of yet another generation of Bush’s, this time George P. Bush, aka, son of Jeb, aka, one of George H. W. Bush’s “little brown ones.” But they forgot to mention George P. Bush’s little run-in with the police, over breaking and entering his ex-girlfriend’s home, and how that might only excacerbate the ongoing problems the GOP is facing at the ballot box over fallout from its “war on women.”


Because nothing says “learned the lessons of 2012″ like embracing a guy who broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home.

George P. Bush might be a hunkalicious young Republican, but he still seems a bit creepy. So TSG wasn't too surprised to learn that "P" was involved in a troubling 1994 incident described in this Metro-Dade Police Department report. On December 31, 1994, Bush showed up at 4 AM at the Miami home of a former girlfriend. He proceeded to break into the house via the woman's bedroom window, and then began arguing with his ex's father. Bush, then a Rice University student, soon fled the scene. But he returned 20 minutes later to drive his Ford Explorer across the home's front lawn, leaving wide swaths of burned grass in his wake. Young Bush avoided arrest when the victims declined to press charges. (3 pages)

LOTS MORE (old news, but relevant?):

The Twinkie Defense

OMG the Republicans have lost Cokie Roberts!

MON NOV 19, 2012 AT 04:36 AM PST
OMG the Republicans have lost Cokie Roberts!
by xaxnar

When my clock radio went off at 6 AM this morning, I found myself listening to NPR Morning Edition as usual, when things got really interesting. They brought Cokie Roberts on to talk about Benghazi and what's happening with the 'investigations' in the Senate. Roberts is the prototypical DC beltway insider and can usually be counted on to spout Villager wisdom. (Cokies Law refers to her casual acceptance that really stupid talking points with no basis in fact have to be taken seriously because they're out there in the culture and getting talked about.)

So, imagine my shock when she came flat out (paraphrasing here) and said the whole controversy over blocking Susan Rice as nominee for Secretary of State over her testimony on Benghazi is really about Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham trying to salvage national security - strong on defense as Republican strengths after an election in which they feel the party has gone over the edge on so many other issues.

She noted that this attempt to reclaim foreign policy for the Republicans as an issue is backfiring because of the rising strife in the middle east between Israel and the Palestinians; the President has to take a strong hand in support of Israel so (by implication) this is not a good time for Republicans to be nudging his elbow.

She and host Linda Wertheimer were also sharing evil glee over the fact that with 20 women now in the Senate (which they can't believe has happened), this attack on a woman and a minority woman at that is not going to go over well with them.


the rest:

Bomb explodes near Anderson Cooper during live broadcast from Gaza

Covering the Israeli Palestinian conflict from the Gaza Strip, Anderson Cooper had a frightening moment when a bomb exploded in his vicinity during a live report.

Cooper was giving an update on the shelling that has rocked Gaza for the past several days when an orange flash flared up on screen behind him. As the sound of the explosion caught up to the flash, a startled Cooper quickly ducked out of frame.

It was unclear from the footage where the explosion took place, or what type of device caused it. Cooper, unable to immediately verify where the explosion came from himself, launched right back into the broadcast, nervously laughing off the scare and tying it into the update he’d been giving on the state of things in Gaza.

As the Israeli airstrikes entered their sixth day, the death toll in Gaza rose to at least 79, according to Al Jazeera. That tally includes eleven members of one family, four of them children, who were killed in one attack Sunday.


America, you are an idiot. You are a moocher, a zombie, soulless, mouth-breathing, ignorant, greedy,

America, you are an idiot.

You are a moocher, a zombie, soulless, mouth-breathing, ignorant, greedy, self-indulgent, envious, shallow and lazy.

The foregoing is a summation of "analysis" from conservative pundits and media figures—Cal Thomas, Ted Nugent, Bill O'Reilly, et cetera—seeking to explain Mitt Romney's emphatic defeat. They seem to have settled on a strategy of blaming the voters for not being smart enough or good enough to vote as they should have. Because America wasn't smart enough or good enough, say these conservatives, it shredded the Constitution, bear-hugged chaos, French-kissed socialism, and died.

In other words, the apocalypse is coming.


Sometimes, they act -- the Hannitys, the O'Reillys, the Trumps, the Limbaughs, the whole conservative political infotainment complex -- as if this were all a game, as if their nonstop litany of half truths, untruths and fear mongering, their echo chamber of studied outrage, practiced panic and intellectual incoherence had no human consequences. Sometimes, they behave as if it were morally permissible -- indeed, morally required -- to say whatever asinine, indefensible, coarse or outrageous thing comes to mind in the name of defeating or diminishing the dreaded left. And never mind that vulnerable people might hear this and shape their beliefs accordingly.


BOEHNER: "Follow ME"

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