Good morning BT and firepups,
Happy 5th of July!!!
Good morning! Still chuckling over Oldnslow’s comment downstairs.
Heh! Box Turtle said blowjob.
Thanks for the post BT. Hope all had a nice holiday.
BT, just for the record, the WSJ article is only available to subscribers, so we unwashed masses can only read the lede.
Cheers for a new week….Any idea what made Brooks catch on? Nice.
From the 5th link above:
Rich: He has come across as favoring the financial elite over the stranded middle class even if, in his heart of hearts, he does not.
Rich is still pulling his punches.
Read the article again, RevBev (not implying you haven’t). My first reaction was amazement that I actually agree with Bobo. But then I read again the first paragraphs, and he thinks the GOP shenanigans are something to clap for, and goes on to say how receptive Obama and the Dems are, and how willing to compromise with a budget deal that’s really bad in today’s economy, just so “Obama can campaign as a moderate.”
He may be right, but it truly makes me sick.
Yep, though if you google the title, you can access the article through Google.
Main thing is to see the headline and first two grafs anyway.
Paul Krugman isn’t pulling his punches any more, fortunately. I wonder if anyone is listening. A commenter suggested that PK make an appointment with Obama and sit in his office with charts and graphs and talk to him in words he can’t possibly misunderstand. He won’t, of course, but it would sure be nice.
Thanks, BT, should have thought of that. I am used to circumventing the NYT paywall — it’s pretty easy to edit the URL — but I haven’t tried to read the WSJ.
Mornin’, BT, pups
Floridians ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Scott and the legislature have promised more of the same next spring’s legislative session. Scott would prolly call a special session between now and then to forward his agenda but judging from the reactions to his actions so far he’s prolly had second thoughts about that.
Expect to see this austerity working for the republicans in this most basic way: voter suppression. For example, Glendale, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee with a population of 13, 367 will have only of their 6 polling places open for the recall elections. BTW, this is State Senator Alberta Darling’s territory and she is the poster girl of Walkerstan. Another example: the Wisconsin DMV staffing has been cut so it takes 2 hour to wait or for the picture ID or license in order to vote. (And some Wisconsin districts don’t even have DMVs!)
Thanks….I just liked the way he called out the pointless futility of the efforts. That’s new, I think.
A commenter suggested that PK make an appointment with Obama and sit in his office with charts and graphs and talk to him in words he can’t possibly misunderstand.
If Krugman shows up at the WH, Barry will call the Secret Service. Barry don’t need no stinkin’ charts and graphs. /s
Shorter Bobo: Please don’t blow this.
All things being equal, why do we even have a Democratic party? All they do is fold and give the right whatever they want. They are all worthless, paid in full by the same people who run the Republican party. It is all a charade. So depressing.
This is funny (link from the Rich article):
GOP Clown College
…although I think it prolly should be “Clown Collage.”
Great 2012 headline at MSNBC
Obama offers to ax billions from health to secure budget deal: NYT: Medicare and Medicaid targeted by White House in attempt to reach a compromise
I thought they were finally getting a spine. Guess not.
In my defense, it was in reference to the interests of the National Enquirer.
There are a lot of people more interested in a BJ from Paris than another speech from Obama.
Boxturtle (Though if you’re a banker, there would be similarities)
Morning BT & Post-Fireworks Firepups:
Bonus Feature: Undeclared GOP Candidates.
The Tea Party isn’t going to compromise, because they don’t believe anything the Dems promise will actually happen. Witness the big fight over a $38 billion cut that turned out to be an expenditure.
Fool me once….
Sorry BT. In my haste, I didn’t notice that you had already posted up Frank Rich. Very good piece.
I like Frank Rich. But I disagree profoundly with his contention that Obama’s original sin is not holding the PTB who caused the economic collapse criminally liable for their actions. As satisfying as this would be, it NEVER would have happened — not in our legal system.
No, Obama’s original sin is turning his back on the lower and middle class by accepting and parroting faulty right-wing economic memes, in particular, that deficits matter as much or more than unemployment. That sin is far more grievous and consequential than failing to prosecute guilty businessmen.
The future of the middle class does not depend on our legal system successfully (whatever that means) prosecuting the PTB. Rather, it depends on accepting and implementing the progressive principle that government must act to protect the least of us.
Tom Tomorrow will eventually be here at FDL. No way that KOS will put up with Obama criticism for very long.
Boxturtle (And Tom is not known for repressing his thoughts)
Off to swim in the great capitalist cesspool.
US KIA Afghanistan: 1,649
US KIA Irak: 4,469
Iraki, Afghan and Pakistani casualties: estimates vary to over 1.5M
US MBS 2011: 22,940 and counting
Street Fighting Man
No war but class war
Never. Give. Up.
Be good to yourselves, and all other living things
Don’t get me started on this austere state. Only good news is that the SunRail project is going forward. But Scott delayed a “final decision” so long that it will cost millions of dollars more now. Could really use that money that shithead just pissed away.
Geithner would likely have Obama stand on his head during a Krugman presentation.
Obama’s greatest failure was ceding the framing of the “issues” to the Republicans. He had the opportunity of making the failed Republican ideology and governance toxic for a generation. Sadly, the working and middle class will pay the price for his ineptitude or is it collusion?
I wish there could be prosecutions … but of course, you are absolutely right about the bigger economic picture.
He’s quite fond of Reagan, you see ……….
Wow that Hedges article is powerful!
The shrill one weighs in on the Bobo column:
Not a Normal Party
Ok, as the Car Talk guys say, I have now wasted a perfectly good hour (not really wasted), so I need to get on with my chores and errands. Have a good one, all!
Little Timmeh would be standing in front of Krugman loudly saying LALALALALALLALALALA.
BoBo is surprised….why? He’s been cheering the clown posse on.
I swear to god that if I ever get into an elevator with brooks and only one of us comes out and the janitor finds him in a state where he has to be mopped up before he gets buried then yes I did it
I’d really like to hurt brooks
“All they do is fold and give the right whatever they want.”
They’re not folding – it’s what they want. This is why they get the lesser evilism vote by pretending to do things reluctantly what the Republicans do openly.
Thanks for Tom Tomorrow, one my top favorites for telling the unvarnished truth in a way that makes you laugh so that you don’t commence to weeping, wailing & tearing out your hair…
I wouldn’t call it Republican idealogy as it is and has been rather bipartisan. If Democrats truly didn’t believe the idealogy, they’d be trying to get the US quickly out of the IMF and protesting the IMF’s policies as harmful to the world economy…instead Democrats are out there carrying water for the IMF and even before US austerity became an issue, they put ex-IMFer Geithner in the White House.
Obamas biggest fault
nobody elected him for that..traitor
What Obama criticism? Nothing in that Tom Tomorrow cartoon about Obama.
Tomorrow does nothing but shoot fish in barrels.
Who reads Frank Rich? He and MoDo TRASHED Al Gore in 2000. Never heard him apologize, either.
who are these indie voters who think cutting Medicare, Medicaid and SS and not upping taxes. cut Defense and or end these wars is a great idea? Oh the Wall st indie voters! Now I get it….
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