"The whole budget debate, then, is a sham. House Republicans, in particular, are literally stealing food from the mouths of babes — nutritional aid to pregnant women and very young children is one of the items on their cutting block — so they can pose, falsely, as deficit hawks." - Paul Krugman
"That’s why I say that Mr. Obama gets too little credit. He has done more to rein in long-run deficits than any previous president. And if his opponents were serious about those deficits, they’d be backing his actions and calling for more; instead, they’ve been screaming about death panels." - Paul Krugman
"The bottom line, then, is that while the budget is all over the news, we’re not having a real debate; it’s all sound, fury, and posturing, telling us a lot about the cynicism of politicians but signifying nothing in terms of actual deficit reduction. And we shouldn’t indulge those politicians by pretending otherwise." - Paul Krugman
welcomed them as long as they were non-violent. Then they attacked them, trying to overwhelm them by the amount of tear gas used, along with rubber bullets and buckshot. The King appeared on television, apologizing for the mishaps, and promised to investigate one man's death... All that did was to attract even more people, who set up tents and were ready for days of protest. At three o'clock in the morning, police raided the camp, firing real bullets, trying to herd everyone out of the square. The King then went on television again, apologizing for the brutality, but there were people who had weapons and were planning on attacking the police, whereupon the screen showed a couple of antique swords that were taken from a museum and placed on a sleeping bag... This morning, all apologies were off, and the police shot and killed over 20 protesters, how dare you defy your King? This is classic tribal warfare, inviting your enemy into an ambush, making them feel safe so they let their guard down, then closing in...
The Iranians are completely over the edge, gone frothing mad. They have taken one of the opposition leaders, Mir Moussavi, and put him away in a secret spot, he has been missing since Tuesday, and it's feared that the calls for hanging him have come to pass... Even crazier, was the piece of street theater the Iranian government tried to perform. First, they killed a student, then claimed that he wasn't really a protester, but he was a pro-government agent killed by the opposition protesters. Nobody was believing that story, especially the kid's family. Then, the government decided to have a funeral for the kid, complete with carrying the casket through the streets surrounded by ayatollahs and basij. Worst, they didn't allow any of the kid's family to participate or even go near the spectacle, which was filmed and shown of the state run TV...