"The original campaign for the Bush tax cuts relied on deception and dishonesty. In fact, my first suspicions that we were being misled into invading Iraq were based on the resemblance between the campaign for war and the campaign for tax cuts the previous year. And sure enough, that same trademark deception and dishonesty is being deployed on behalf of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans." - Paul Krugman
"Members of congress seem to me to benefit from the soft bigotry of low expectations. Nobody really expects them to do the right thing or to ask smart questions or to listen to experts rather than engage in random acts of political posturing. So when they do bad stuff, we blame the White House for not doing a better job of preventing them from doing bad stuff. And fair enough—dealing with congress is an important part of the job. But you also do need to blame the people who are doing the bad deeds." - Matthew Yglesias
"To tell which kind of Republican a candidate is, see how the Democrats attack him: If
he’s branded a shill for Wall Street, he’s from the K Street wing. If he’s labeled an extremist outside the mainstream, he’s a Tea Partier. More tellingly, study their campaign contributions. K Street Republicans’ coffers are filled by the political action committees of defense contractors, drug companies, lobbying firms, and Wall Street banks. A Tea Party Republican is funded by the Club for Growth or the Senate Conservatives Fund, which is run by the Republican leadership’s least-favorite colleague, Jim DeMint." - Timothy Carney
The moderate political party in Israel will support the negotiations only if the Prime Minister has a plan for the outcome that they can see beforehand, and the more conservative faction in the Foreign Ministry will go on strike, with diplomats boycotting the talks. All this, and just a couple of days after the announcement of the talks! The bullshit can only get deeper and build up to a fever pitch by next Tuesday. If Hillary and Obama can pull this off and actually create a viable Palestinian state that works with Israel as economic partners... already you can see Israeli products on the shelves of stores in Gaza City and less Chinese made crap that used to be smuggled in through the tunnels.
Today are a whole bunch of primary elections around the country, including the battle in Arizona, which John McCain will probably win against his more conservative opponent. John will win because his opponent, JD Hayworth, is currently a radio show host, and talks like he always on the air, pontificating without ever listening.
Man Who Would Be Kingmaker, John Boehner. Because the Republicans want the continuation of all of the Bush tax cuts, which expire at the end of this year, they are trying to find enough smoke and mirrors to distract you from investigating for yourself whether it's a good or bad thing. Hence, the big flap-uo about the Ground Zero Mosque, designed to rouse your emotions and dim your intellectual side when you go and vote today. ( I just want to say that anyplace where so many people have died cannot be construed as sacred ground. You can be sensitive enough to pick up on your emotional radar the pain and violence that had so many souls yanked from their bodies, but please don't mistake that as anything holy. Sacred ground is just the opposite, what you often encounter in old churches or shrines where people have consciously prayed and practiced nurturing their spirits and transcending their physical problems. The people who are so emotionally invested in Ground Zero are dealing with their own ambiguous feeling towards death, holding on to their loved ones in a selfish way, and expressing their frustration and anger over the lack of any proper remembrance to their loved ones by the municipality.)
"House Republican leader John Boehner Tuesday called on President Obama to extend the Bush tax cuts, fire his economic team, and listen to the fears and “entrenched uncertainty” that is stalling job growth on Main Street. In his first economic address of the 2010 campaign season, the man who would be Speaker slammed the president’s top legislative accomplishments – economic stimulus, health-care reform, and financial regulation – as job killers.
Congressman Boehner's speech did not offer any specific alternatives – saying they would be built from the ground up after “listening to the American people.” Democrats say he is merely trying to distort achievements that he could not block. But the speech did offer glimpses of how Boehner might direct the House if Republicans pick up 39 votes in November. “The prospect of higher taxes, stricter rules, and more regulations has employers sitting on their hands,” he told the City Club of Cleveland. “And after the pummeling they’ve taken from Washington over the last 18 months, who can blame them?”
Unfortunately, John likes to blow smoke while letting the condescending tone in his voice make do for any sense of authority. If all of the Bush tax cuts were to expire, $680 billion would go back to the general fund and could be used to pay off our deficit, over a trillion dollars paid off before the end of Obama's term in office expires. Don't let the Democrats spin things to let some of the tax cuts expire and then use that money for their projects, it's a rip-off that we can't afford. The Republicans still want more tax cuts yet have no plan to equally lessen federal spending, so each tax cut makes the deficit grow more and more. John also is still saying that less regulations are better. I do agree that most of our laws need a sunset clause that would make them expire in twenty years, and most of our regulations need to be looked at and streamlined, because there are so many of them. Plus, they all need to be re-written into plain English to remove the ambiguities that allow companies like BP to wriggle around and find loopholes. In most cases we don't need more regulating, just making sure that the ones we have are being properly followed, meaning we need more oversight by honest people.