Saturday, January 24, 2009


Republican Senators and Representatives are suddenly worried about future generations—our children and grandchildren and beyond—and the burden any more debt will put on them.

Of course, while their leader, Bush Junior was running the show and putting us into more debt than ever in the history of the USA, not a peep. Nor any comment on the problems we’ve been creating for future generations over the past eight years of Republican rule with the destruction of the environment and our over dependence on nonrenewable foreign sources of energy et-endlessly-cetera.

And the media’s going right a long with it. And “right” is the word. I notice even on NPR (which tilted to the right on many shows under Junior’s reign) these Republican naysayers are being given much more coverage than their Democratic opposites were given while Junior was running the show.

Yes, Barak and his family are getting great coverage in terms of how stylish or cool or young or new and fresh they are in the White House and their new world prominence as symbols of how far “America” has come.

But, policy-wise, Obama’s Republican critics are getting way more play than Democrats got in 2000 when a Democrat actually won the popular election and Junior was put in by Republican cronies on the Supreme Court. (Think it was an accident that Roberts flubbed the swearing in oath for Obama, or that the right wing media immediately put the blame on Obama saying he’s the one who flubbed it, which is simply untrue and yet the rest of the media did not make a story out of how the right and many Republicans were lying about who messed up the oath and no one is talking about how Roberts is supposedly one of the smartest and most competent men to ever run the Supreme Court and a much experienced public speaker and judge etc. etc. and yet he flubs a simple oath? Think it had anything to do with the fact that he was staring at a man who in his eyes I’m sure he sees not only as “black” but as the opposition in terms of political party and ideology and inclination etc.?)

The hypocritical and phony concern Republicans are now demonstrating for regular folks and for fiscal responsibility, after they plundered the treasury and the enormous surplus Clinton left them with, should be the main story in the media, not the same old phony attempt to show fairness by allowing lies and the truth equal weight if they come from opposite sides.

But hopefully, Republicans will attempt to obstruct Obama’s plans and policies, and Obama will make an end run to the voters and overcome any Republican opposition and they will become even more of a minority in future elections.


JIm said...

You are imagining phantoms. The media is in love with Obama. Republican rank's have been thinned to mostly Conservatives. They espouse conservative principles that worked; JFK's tax cuts, Reagan's tax cuts, W's tax cuts. They also point out policies that have failed; Hoover's tax increase plus tariffs, FDR tax increases plus increased tariffs. They also point out flaws in the Democrat's Stimulus Plan that even the Congressional Budget Office recognizes, will not stimulate. Immediate corporate tax rate reduction has been proven to work in providing jobs. The US has the highest Corporate tax rate after Japan. Individual one time tax rebates failed under Bush. Massive public spending failed and prolonged the Depression under FDR and the Japanese sixteen year recession.

It would good if Liberals knew more about history as Santanya urged, so that the US and the world are not condemmed to repeat the economic blunders of the past.

JIm said...

The New Bipartisanship of the Democrats, my a**. New house rules, reinstituting of tax payer supported abortion, taking on of Republicans, for their Conservative views, clearly demonstrates that supposed era of Obama bipartisanship is complete horsesh**t.

1-New House rules reflect Democrats' election win
By LARRY MARGASAK – Jan 5, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled internal rules Monday that would end Republican-imposed, six-year term limits on committee chairmen and make it harder for GOP lawmakers to offer alternative legislation.
In changing how the House operates, Democrats sent a message that they will use the huge majority they won in November to overpower Republicans any time they wish. GOP leaders complained to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that they were being marginalized, but there is little they can do.
The changes are set for approval Tuesday after the 111th Congress takes office.
Not all of the new rules were partisan, but they reflected only the Democratic view of how the House should be run.

2- Mr Obama has told Republicans in Washington to stop listening to the right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh, risking a new culture war with conservative voters.
His exhortation came as he enraged other Republicans by reversing George W Bush's ban on funding international aid to charities that perform or provide information about abortions.
Obama’s picking a fight with Limbaugh, is commented on by Rush.
One more thing, Byron. Your publication and website have documented Obama's ties to the teachings of Saul Alinksy while he was community organizing in Chicago. Here is Rule 13 of Alinksy's Rules for Radicals:
"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize

3- VATICAN CITY – Vatican officials said Saturday they were disappointed by President Barack Obama's decision to end a ban on federal funding for international groups that perform abortions or provide information on them.
Monsignor Rino Fisichella, who heads the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life, urged Obama to listen to all voices in America without "the arrogance of those who, being in power, believe they can decide of life and death."

JIm said...

Hail to the new Commander and Chief???? Maybe he would have attended, if it had been a Code Pink rally.

Obama snubs vets, skips Heroes ball
Becomes 1st new president to miss inauguration event

Posted: January 24, 2009
10:10 pm Eastern
By Drew Zahn
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
Since its inception in 1953, every new president has attended The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball – until now.

The ball was created for President Dwight Eisenhower's inauguration to honor recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award. The event is sponsored by the American Legion and co-sponsored by 13 other veteran's service organizations, including the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

And while 48 of the nation's 99 living recipients of the Medal of Honor attended the event, reports the Cleveland Leader and various self-attested attendees of the ball, newly sworn-in President Barack Obama became the first president in 56 years to skip out on the ceremony.

Curtis Faville said...

I have been against foreign wars--especially preemptive wars of choice--because they cost too much money, and in the end don't accomplish anything of value for our people. I'm also against pouring money into private industry, even as loans, because we're supposed to be a nation of free enterprise, not government intervention in the economy.

I regard the so-called "financial services bail-out" as just another Bush Era rip-off, with Paulson running point and threatening ultimate disaster if we didn't immediately give 750 billion of taxpayer dollars away.

But now Obama wants to spend another 850 billion of our money on huge Federal projects, states' assistance, and the usual pork. It looks more and more like this is just an opportunistic budget grab designed to exploit the taxpayer while the political "capital" is high. Almost no one from either party appears willing to go on record claiming that it will actually "stimulate" anything--jobs, loans, the stock market, anything. I think there's a tacit acknowledgment that this is just business as usual, all over again.

I think America needs to withdraw all its troops from Iraq and Afghanistan immediately. It needs to put into place strict banking and investment regulations. We need to curtail the exportation of jobs outside of the U.S. We need to rein in tax evasion and tax breaks by the rich and the corporations. Institute strict trade regulation with our primary "partners" China, Japan, Indonesia, India, so our workers and import industry aren't held hostage to foreign exploitation. And BALANCE THE BUDGET.

Advocates of deficit spending count on cyclical periods in business, allowing the repayment of debt during periods when inflation has reduced the real dollar value of the original loan; but history has shown that continuous deficit spending eventually sinks the treasury, and brings hardship.

True conservatism no longer exists. It might be instructive for someone to define what true conservatism actually means (once meant), and to consider re-instituting some of its core principles. If we had been proceeding more cautiously along these lines, it's unlikely we'd have gotten ourselves into the current mess.

And there's nothing in the current administration's new "stimulus" that promises to bring any improvement.

I hated Bush II, and believe that his was the worst administration in U.S. history, by far.

But what's being proposed now isn't the answer.

Lally said...

So all the economists, including Nobel winners, and all the details about where various segments of the money is going (food stamps, extending unemployment, backing up healthcare and education funds that have been diminished by the meltdown, etc.) mean nothing ? The proof of the success of previous stimulus policies throughout Europe, Asia and even at times in Central and South America is all what? Nonexistent because you guys don't mention it? And financially successful periods that don't fit your perspective get ignored? I'm guilty of doing some of that myself now and then, but in this case, your reactions are a little blinded by the rightwing spin once again that deplores anyone spending money except them or on anything other than their pet pork and etc. Revisionist history isn't history, it's revision. Facts are facts. No one knows how bad things would have been in the 1930s if FDR hadn't put thrugh all those New Deal policies. Capitalist democracies were disappearing right and left (literally) and who knows what this country may have looked like had the rightwing republicans gotten their way and banks and businesses and families and homes and etc. were allowed to fail on their own, starve to death, die, whatever. It would have only emboldened political activists on the right and left to push for their varying ideas of some sort of state run society, ala the Nazis, the Facists or the Soviet Communists. Etcetera endlessly. Obama is pushing for the smartest policies as much as possible. The rest will sort itself out as the bills go through the legislative process that the Founders created to make sure things got done as democratically as possible. let them.