Monday, February 28, 2011


More would blame Congressional GOP than President Obama for gov't shutdown

"Feelings are a lot more closely divided on the first question, though: Overall, 35% would blame President Obama more for a shutdown, while 41% would find greater fault with Congressional Republicans. The D vs. R divide on this one is predictable, but notably, independents narrowly side against the GOP, 38-33, and self-described moderates blame the GOP even more, by a 48-22 margin.
It's also a good reason to be skeptical of The Hill's new poll, which asked a question similar to our own. The Hill used Pulse Opinion Research - aka New Rasmussen. POR is an outfit that Rasmussen pushed out last cycle, which allows anyone with a credit card to commission an automated survey. As Mark Blumenthal explained, "While the questions asked on specific surveys may differ, the underlying methodology used by Fox/Pulse and Rasmussen are essentially identical." The Hill doesn't seem to have made their question wording publicly available - all they say is that 29% of likely voters "would blame Democrats for a government shutdown," while 23% "would blame Republicans."


President Obama said he'd put on his Most Comfortable Shoes and walk the Line in Support of Unions. Why hasn't President Obama gone to Wisconsin Yet? Since I would NEVER Doubt his Sincerity, Obviously it MUST be because he hasn't found a suitable pair of shoes. We Must Help the President Support the Union Movement. Please, Send those comfortable old Shoes NOW!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

"I will walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America!!!" - Barack Obama

by Duane S. Vogel on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 8:42pm

"To Pretend this is about a Fiscal Crisis when it's about Wisconsin, is Mularkey" - Shepard Smith on Fox last night

" the President made clear in his interview with a Wisconsin television station, he firmly believes that state legislatures and governors need to address their fiscal issues, just as he is working with Congress to address fiscal problems at the federal level. His view is that it is important that everyone work together towards that goal; that public sector employees obviously have to tighten their belts, others have to tighten their belts, but that this should not be an effort that goes after some of the fundamental rights of collective bargaining in the name of reducing the deficit"---- Press Secretary Jay (Mularkey) Carney

Will Obama Find Those Shoes?

"And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll will walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner"

Obama Has No Plans To Visit Wisconsin

WASHINGTON -- President Obama has no current plans to visit Wisconsin despite pledging as a presidential candidate to âwalk on that picket lineâ should workers be denied bargaining rights.

If He Doesn't Find Comfortable Shoes For Walking The Line in Support of Unions, He Had Better Have His Walking Shoes Ready in '12.

Will Obama Find Those Shoes?

By: Michael Monk Thursday February 24, 2011 8:17 am

In the “flashback quote of the day” at Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, he highlights words from candidate Barack Obama, made in a 2007 speech (and referenced in Slate). That quote is as follows (spoken word differs slightly from the prepared text quoted by others, what follows is transcribed from the video):

"And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll will walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner."

Well, will we see it? Or will it end up like the closing of Guantanamo Bay, a public option, or restoring constitutional checks and balances? He has given credence lately to false framing from the right with his freezing of pay of government workers, extention of the Bush tax cuts, a “deficit commission,” more budget cutting, and lip service to looking into deregulation when deregulation led us to financial collapse. Will he find those shoes?

Social Contract? We Don't Need No Stinking Social Contract!

Now that it's become obvious that Scott Walker is nothing more than a thug, an extension of the Corporatist Scumbag Koch Brothers, and the Fiscal Austerity he's attempting to impose on the people of Wisconsin is nothing but a fraudulent attempt to destroy unions in the name of "fiscal responsibility", can we please DROP this BULLSHIT at the National level?

The curtain has been pulled back, revealing the true face of the Corporatist/Fascist schemers who have systematically expropriated the wealth of the developing world through IMF and World Bank Austerity Programs, redistributing it to the same wealthy western elites now seeking to dismantle the American Welfare State. This was once known as the "Chilean Economic Miracle" as envisioned by Milton Friedman, and described by Naomi Klein in "The Shock Doctrine".

In Wisconsin the fraud has been exposed thanks to the hubris of that Idiot Scott Walker. We can plainly see the tactics of these Fascist Vampires; orchestrate a fiscal (or some other) disaster, and then exploit it to the hilt in the name of theft on a grand scale. At the national level it's just as much of a fraud as it was when orchestrated and implemented by the IMF and World Bank in the developing world.

Why do we have to mobilize in defense of Social Security, despite the fact that it has Nothing to do with the deficit? Meanwhile the very same people we're hoping will defend the social safety net just extended the Idiotic Bush Taxcuts that contributed to the deficit, providing these opportunists with further rationale to cut Everything! Our Tax Dollars bailed out the Wall Street Thieves who crashed the economy, and now our services have to be cut after their lobbying for deregulation and subsequent malfeasance led to this mess? Sounds like a massive redistribution of wealth upward, to me!

Instead of fighting it, the Democratic Party has embraced this ruse, as If These Fascist Leeches will settle for having less than Everything, because they're so Reasonable. But then, they're on the take too. Obama has found his common ground, his consensus. And when the Villagers agree that's all that matters, the hell with the rest of us. We, the 70% ers are just a Focus Group. No surprise that Idiot Stenographers like David Brooks can only regurgitate the Washington Consensus. He and people like him (the Stenographer Elite) have been conditioned to spout this nonsense. It's their job to rationalize this insanity. Milton Friedman's rapacious form of Capitalism is a cancer and must be excised from our democracy or it will continue to metastasize, and destroy us.

There are plenty of other "Scott Walkers" in Washington. Far too many. They're just a little less arrogant and stupid , but no less venal and amoral.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Liberal Attack on Obama's Budget | Mother Jones

The Liberal Attack on Obama's Budget | Mother Jones: "Every proposed cut to necessary programs like Pell Grants and heating for low-income seniors needs to be judged in the context of the unnecessary tax cuts for Wall Street millionaires that passed at the end of last year. Proposing even more tax breaks for Wall Street banks while slashing and burning necessary government programs is right-wing radicalism, and no Democratic president should be part of"