Jun 222011

President Obama addressed the nation this evening on “The Way Forward in Afghanistan.” He outlined the expected troop withdrawal from that country and explained exactly what our goals are and were in that conflict. He also stressed the importance of all Americans working together to rebuild our own country. The speech was carried live by all the major television networks, but in case you missed it…

(I love the way they stage these things, by the way. It looks like he’s standing in some European castle, doesn’t it?)

Transcript follows the break.

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Jun 222011

By george, I do believe the Democrats may be finally getting it…

Democrats Explicitly Call Out GOP For Sabotaging The Economic Recovery

They’ve made it explicit. Democrats are accusing Republicans of trying to sabotage the recovery — or at least stall it — by blocking all short-term measures to boost the economy, even ones they previously supported.

In a Capitol press conference Wednesday, the Senate’s top Democrats argued that Republicans don’t want to pass measures like a temporary payroll tax holiday for employers because they’ll improve President Obama’s re-election chances.

“Our Republican colleagues in the House and Senate are driven by putting one man out of work: President Obama,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL).

The harshest denunciation came from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the man who crafted the Dems’ new “jobs first” message.

“We are also open to hiring incentives, perhaps in the form of a payroll tax cut for employers that was floated by the administration…. [T]hat might not be our first choice, that shows how willing we are to work with the Republicans to create jobs. It’s pro-business, it’s a tax cut, and many Republicans have been for it in the past. But now all of a sudden they’re coming out against it,” Schumer said.

John Boehner called it a gimmick, Paul Ryan called it sugar high. Lamar Alexander and Jeb Hensarling both criticized it as short-term stimulus — apparently that’s a bad thing. Would Republicans really oppose a tax cut for business that created jobs? This is sort of beyond the pale. So if they’d oppose even something so suited to their tastes ideologically, it shows that they’re just opposing anything that would help create jobs. It almost makes you wonder if they aren’t trying to slow down the economic recovery for political gain.

It’s not like there haven’t been enough hints already. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had this to say way back in October of last year:

The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.


Come on, Democrats, get with the program!

Fox lies

 Posted by at 12:09  Entertainment, Politics
Jun 222011

During his interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News last Sunday morning, Jon Stewart pointed out that Fox News viewers are consistently among the worst informed of any consumers of any of the major media news outlets. Politifact did some investigating and determined that Mr. Stewart’s statement was not correct. On last night’s Daily Show, Jon replied to Politifact’s finding and in the process pointed out that Fox News lies a lot. (That should not come as a surprise to anybody who regularly visits this blog or to anybody who watches Fox News and has an IQ higher then their shoe size.)