Whiplash, Snidely

Always amusing when Republicans scream about how Democrats are destroying cherished social programs one moment and then actually try to destroy them the next. But not in a ha-ha sense.

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    BGinCHI says:

    If they keep this up even the network newsheads are going to catch on.

    If so, only six months later Blitzer and Gregory figure it out.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    CNN is reporting the Dems have dropped the millionaire surtax to pay for the payroll tax cut and unemployment extensions. That probably means they will acquiesce to Republicans raising medicare costs.

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    JPL says:

    @Hill Dweller: I tend to agree. The republicans are using vise grips and it works. Why should the repubs deal in good faith when they don’t have to. I wouldn’t mind retired folks who earn more than 200,000 a year paying more but I wouldn’t go lower than that.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @JPL: Can the Dems counter with a raise in Medicare costs for those who make over 200K plus the millionaire tax? Why not both?

    The revenue can go to a bigger payroll tax cut or be put against the deficit.

    Time for the Dems to pull out the stops, since their ideas ans positions are polling WAY higher than the GOP. Only the media can fuck this narrative up and get it backwards.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @JPL: The Republicans’ bill starts raising rates at $85,000.

    Apparently, the Republicans are planning to pass their version of the omnibus spending bill tomorrow, poison pills included, and leave town.

    The Dems have to find a way to turn this into an advantage. It is blatantly obvious what is happening.

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    JPL says:

    @Hill Dweller:
    The House can go awol but can’t the President call them back if the Senate passes a bill?

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    El Cid says:

    If Obama is anti-big business, why has Wall Street done so well?, By Wolf Blitzer, CNN.

    …If President Obama’s policies have been so anti-big business, why has Wall Street done so well since he took office?
    On January 20, 2009, when he was sworn in, the Dow Jones closed at 7,949. Now, it hovers around 12,000. That’s a pretty impressive increase.
    In the past year, the value of the U.S. dollar has gone up as well, although the euro crisis has certainly played a significant role in that.
    Finally, so many major American corporations are raking in record profits and sitting on trillions of dollars.
    In short, big business is doing well even though the overall economy is still sluggish and unemployment is still way too high.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @JPL: I’m not sure. There are some signs the House Republicans can’t pass their long term bill without help from the Dems. If so, that might be the only saving grace. But with Republicans resisting a short term continuing resolution, a shutdown might be inevitable.

    Again, the Dems have to find a way to turn this into their favor.

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    JR says:

    According to George Will’s column today, Democrats and other “reactionary liberals” are actually all about SAVING social programs and existing institutions at all costs, which is why we hate capitalism (or something).


    Gingrich is reusing the attack honed by Ted Kennedy in 1994, when Romney suffered a 17-point loss in attempting to take Kennedy’s Senate seat.

    The Kennedy-Gingrich doctrine is this: What the economist Joseph Schumpeter called capitalism’s “creative destruction” is not really creative. Rather, it is lamentable and, when facilitated by capitalists, reprehensible. For Kennedy, this made sense: Reactionary liberalism holds that whatever is, from Social Security to farm subsidies to the Chrysler Corp., should forever be.

    I think he picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @El Cid: Even Blitzer gets it!


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    JR says:

    (html formatting’s gone hinky again, JC)

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    bemused says:

    Bastards. How the GOP still manages to keep their idiot base believing their crap is incomprehensible.

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    passerby says:

    Muttley dogs!

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    JPL says:

    I just opened a letter from my rep. tom price who wants to save Medicare.

    ..last year the President and his congressional allies jammed through a health care law which cuts more than $500 billion from Medicare. Moreover they put in place an unaccountable board of 15 bureaucrats known as IPAB and gave it the power to deny care to seniors. ………………………….
    Democrats have elected to end Medicare as we know it.

    Yes I will write him tomorrow and no I won’t call him a liar but I will point out that he might not have read his party’s bill which is a voucher system. I will point out that Medicare is not touched but instead it is Medicare Advantage which is a costly endeavor. Now I’m going to do some deep breathing to lower my blood pressure.

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    Laertes says:

    “Senate Democrats are under pressure to adopt the payroll tax cut bill House Republicans passed last night — or something very close to it. President Obama has threatened to veto it…”

    Whatever, asshole. We’ve seen what your “veto threats” are worth.


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    JPL says:

    If you live in a republican district, open your mail from your representative. I want to know if Price’s letter is a copy and paste that all republicans are using.

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    Jay B. says:

    Well, Tim it’s mainly because the Democrats are about as clear as mud on what they actually believe in to begin with and have voted for things that make the GOP’s claim true, in the very limited way that the Democrats have weakened the safety net and rarely actually support it. Of course, left unsaid: The Republicans are shameless and want to eliminate good things completely.

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    Chad says:

    @Jay B.: @Jay B.: This very unfortunate fact is because the Democrats are always in a defensive crouch. I used to detest the cowardice but now I see that unlike the Republicans Democrats don’t have supporting bloc that is strictly partisan. On the right solidarity is emphasized whereas on the left you have folks who believe Democrats = Republicans, or Blue Dogs who believe the liberal wing = communism, with those in the middle being derisively chided as squishes.

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    debbie says:

    Always amusing when Republicans scream about how Democrats are destroying cherished social programs one moment and then actually try to destroy them the next.

    Did a single Democrat stand up in the Senate and point this out? I thought not.

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