Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thursday's Photo Essay

Dana Milbank
Chris Cilliza
Elliot Abrams

"When Goldman executives faced a Senate panel on Tuesday, their performance was so obnoxious, their contempt for lawmakers so palpable, that their appearance had the effect of dissolving the Republican resistance to what Democrats are now calling "Wall Street reform." - Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank tells the story about the Goldman Sachs interrogations in Congress yesterday, with the result that the Republicans let the finance reform bill onto the Senate floor for debate. The Democrats are now calling it the Wall Street reform bill. Hopefully, some good amendments will be attached to make it a better one, wait, has the Republican time limit for earmarks expired? The Repubs really need to change their dumbass tactics that keep blowing back in their faces, stop whining and protesting, and get some good input during the committee process. Then we would have a balanced bill to vote on instead of this long, drawn out process that is strong on stage drama but weak in the script...

I woke up this morning wondering what it would be like if George W Bush was still President. After all, he should experience the aftermath of the financial crisis he got us into. Actually, I kind of miss him ducking responsibility and staying at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, hiding from the press. Chris Cilliza reports on a new poll taken by the Washington Post: "A new Washington Post/ABC poll suggests that most Americans continue to blame the sluggish economy on former President George W. Bush, a development that could complicate Republican efforts to lay it at President Barack Obama's feet this fall... Nearly six in ten (59 percent) of those polled said that Bush was to blame for the current state of the economy while 25 percent put the blame on Obama." If Obama keeps on tackling these big issues, there may be nothing left for Congress to do by the end of his term. In the fourth year he rested...

I haven't heard from Newt Gingrich, or Mit, or Sarah on the idea of increased drilling for offshore oil, especially since the big oil slick is headed towards Louisiana. Jeez, that poor state, now we're going to have to set it and the surrounding sea on fire...

Drill, Baby, Drill, 

Faster, Pussycat, Faster

Swim, Baby, Swim

The price of crude oil, of course, is rising. Expect to see the cost of gas this Summer reach over $4 per gallon. How's that Hummer workin' out for ya?

David Letterman's Top Ten Signs Your Governor Is Nuts

10. Signs a bill outlawing illegal immigration, and also legal immigration
9. Keeps a tip jar on the desk
8. Claims to be governor of Margaritaville
7. After meeting with Schwarzenegger, raves, 'This guy is a genius!'
6. Last-minute iPhone calls to commute death sentences fail because he's using AT&T
5. Signs all legislation with his tongue
4. Just ordered the deportation of guys named Scott or Todd
3. Thinks Ricky Martin just needs to find the right girl
2. Used immigration bill to kick George Lopez out of his time slot
1. Even Rod Blagojevich thinks the dude is crooked

Headlines today say that the majority of Arizonians favor the new anti-immigration bill. Since the governor signs every bill presented before her, special interest groups are swamping to Arizona and lobbying their favorite legislators... Of course, it could all be a ruse by Big Brother Obama and they will all be rounded up and micro-chipped. Easier than putting them in prisons since their lives are such a living hell...

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