Weekly Address 02-27-10

 Posted by at 11:09  Politics
Feb 272010
 

From the White House weblog:

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama said that the nation cannot lose the current opportunity to finally enact meaningful health care reform. At Thursday’s meeting on reform, both sides were able to find several areas of agreement, but there were some differences. While the President is willing and eager to move forward with members of Congress from both parties, American families and businesses cannot afford to wait another generation for reform.

Click below to listen to the audio only:

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The transcript of the president’s weekly address, as prepared for delivery, is available after the break.

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Feb 262010
 

You know what to do.

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.

Saturday additions:

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Health care summit

 Posted by at 19:32  Politics
Feb 252010
 

President Obama hosted what was billed as a bipartisan health care summit in D.C. today. There was, in reality, nothing bipartisan about it. The Republicans (as expected) spent the entire day whining and insisting that unless things are done their way they won’t be done at all.

This exchange between President Obama and Johnny McCain is pretty much indicative of what went on all day…

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For some reason (dementia, perhaps?), it seems that Johnny has yet to realize that he lost the election. In fact, the entire Republican party appears not to have yet realized that they are in the minority. Most Democrats have not yet realized it, either.

P.S. In case you did not catch the summit on the telemachine, OFA has put together some good highlights.
 

You may be a wingnut

 Posted by at 11:46  Politics, Republicans
Feb 232010
 

As you may be aware, Rick “Goodhair” Perry and Kay Bailey “Bush Lackey” Hutchison are engaged in a battle here in Texas for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Perry is the likely winner. He’s really got the Tea Party nuts excited down here. (Sarah Palin has even come down to campaign for him.)

I wanted to share with you Perry’s latest television ad just to give you an idea of what we are putting up with in the Lone Star State. Do you remember those old “You may be a redneck if” jokes? Well, you may be wingnut if you like what Governor Goodhair has to say in this ad of his…

Translation: “There’s a black guy in the White House and we just ain’t gonna put up with that nonsense.”

Where was this doofus while George W. Bush and his minions were really destroying the Constitution? They were really quiet then, weren’t they?

P.S. If you watch this video, please refrain from throwing any hard objects at your computer monitor. Neither I nor this website will be liable for any resulting damages.

P.P.S. This video is not a joke. It is an actual television ad currently being run in Texas by the Perry campaign. It really is.
 

The Price Tag of Politics

 Posted by at 19:01  Politics
Feb 212010
 

I used to be a big fan of the Sunday morning network political gabfests. Not so much anymore. These shows have become little more than an opportunity for the Washington insiders to sit around stroking each others’ egos. You and I have better things to do with our time.

However, Bob Schieffer’s closing comments on CBS’ Face the Nation caught my ear this morning. I am always amazed when people complain that the politicians in Washington aren’t listening to them. My reply to these people is always to get out their checkbooks… and don’t be stingy with the zeroes. Politics in the 21st century is a money game, and with the recent Supreme Court decision granting First Amendment rights to corporations it is only going to get worse. Money rules, so it only follows that those with the money are going to rule. It amazes me that so many people are taking so long to realize this.

Anyway, the old man from Fort Worth hit the nail on the head this morning. Here’s the transcript of his comments. Video follows.

When the amateurs ask me – and by amateurs I mean the good citizens outside the circle of professional politics – when they ask me why Washington doesn’t seem to listen when every poll shows that people hate partisanship and want compromise, I tell them, ‘The professional politicians always listen. They listen to the people who gave them the money to get to Washington.’

American politics used to be an amateur sport, but somewhere along the way, we handed over to professionals all the things people used to do for free.

So an enormous cottage industry sprang up – consultants, gurus, strategists, pollsters who discovered it was easier to win elections by driving wedges between people than bringing them together.

Politics got nastier, and – worse – it came with a price.

Did it ever!

The Center for Responsive Politics says the 2008 campaigns cost $5.3 billion. Good money if you can get it and, full disclosure, TV got a lot of it.

It cost an average $8.5 million to win a seat in the Senate. In Minnesota, Norm Coleman spent $20 million and lost.

On average, a Senate candidate had to raise $3,881 a day for every day of a six-year term. Only those willing to do that run any more.

So to raise that kind of money, candidates must promise so much to so many, that before they get to Washington, once here, they can’t compromise on anything – their positions are set in stone.

So they’re listening all right, but like the loyal country girl, they’re just listening to them that brung ’em.

Video:


 

Feb 202010
 

I must apologize. I usually post the Friday Night Cartoons at 5 p.m. CT each Friday. However, with all that was going on yesterday… the sore loser Russian figure skater dude (if he weren’t Russian, I’d swear he was a Republican), Tiger Woods, the climate changing and all… the day kind of got away. Here it is Saturday already. Oh, well, better late than never, they say. Click and enjoy.

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.
 

Weekly Address 02-20-10

 Posted by at 10:05  Politics
Feb 202010
 

From the White House weblog:

President Barack Obama used his weekly address to call on Democratic and Republican leaders to attend next week’s health care meeting in good faith to find reforms that work for American families and small businesses. With several health insurance companies announcing steep hikes in their rates – from 10 to over 30 percent – it is clear that the status quo, while good for the insurance industry, is bad for the American people. After a year of exhaustive debate, it is time to move forward on reform.

Click below to listen to the audio only:

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The transcript of the president’s weekly address, as prepared for delivery, is available after the break.

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Recovery one year in

 Posted by at 14:05  economy, Politics
Feb 172010
 

One of the first things the Obama administration did when they took office just over a year ago was to stave off the depression the Bush administration and their Republican minions had us headed toward by signing into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Here are remarks by the Vice President and the President on the one year anniversary of the signing of that act…

(Before anyone asks what that thing is on the Vice President’s forehead, I would respectfully remind you that today is Ash Wednesday.)

Transcript following the break.

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Johnny & Sarah done

 Posted by at 20:04  Humor, Politics, Republicans
Feb 152010
 

Stick a fork in them, they’re done. There is no more hope for either Johnny McCain or Sarah Palin. Joe the Plumber has bailed…

Joe the Plumber goes off on McCain, says he ‘screwed up my life’

Joe the Plumber
Joe the Plumber

Joe the Plumber is no longer a fan of either Sarah Palin or John McCain, it seems.

Joe, also known as Sam Wurzelbacher, told an audience in Pennsylvania this week that McCain “is no public servant.”

“McCain was trying to use me,” Wurzelbacher said, according to public radio correspondent Scott Detrow. “I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy.”

“I don’t owe him s—,” Wurzelbacher continued. “He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it.”

In fact, Wurzelbacher’s dislike for McCain is so strong that he no longer supports Sarah Palin simply because Palin will campaign for McCain’s re-election.

As for Obama: “I think his ideology is un-American, but he’s one of the more honest politicians. At least he told us what he wanted to do.”

What is amazing to me is that this idiot did not realize from the beginning that he was being played.