B of A

 Posted by at 20:37  Election 2012, Politics, Republicans
Aug 192011
 

Watch this video. Listen carefully to what is said…

That is James Mahoney, Bank of America’s Director of Public Policy, greeting Rick Perry at a reception in New Hampshire yesterday. In case you missed it, here is what Mr. Mahoney said to Mr. Perry: “Bank of America, we’ll help you out, governor.”

No question as which side his toast is buttered on, is there? Remember… corporations are people.

P.S. It is no wonder that Bank of America is in a world of trouble right now. Look at the horse they chose to ride in the rodeo.
 

Aug 192011
 

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

Presidential vacation

 Posted by at 19:31  Politics
Aug 182011
 

President Obama and his family began a ten day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard today. The Republicans, of course, are attacking him for even thinking about taking a vacation with our economy in the shape it is currently in. Their hypocrisy astounds. CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller reports:

So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch.

Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off — 28 days.

And, of course…

…a presidential vacation away from the White House is not the same as a vacation for the average person. The president is still in contact with his advisers and on call for any emergency.

But far be it from our Republican friends to pass up any opportunity to pile some criticism on our President, no matter how trivial.
 

Aug 172011
 

I live in Texas. I travel the state extensively. I am very familiar with my state. I am not at all familiar with the Texas that Rick Perry is out there talking about in his campaign to become the Republican presidential nominee. If only it were as pretty as he paints it.

Harold Meyerson, columnist for The Washington Post, published a column today that everybody should read — most especially now that Governor Perry is beginning to show up on all the evening newscasts. I’ll get you started, but you’ll need to click on the title to read the whole column. I hope you do.

The sad facts behind Rick Perry’s Texas miracle

Rick Perry’s Texas is Ross Perot’s Mexico come north. Through a range of enticements we more commonly associate with Third World nations — low wages, no benefits, high rates of poverty, scant taxes, few regulations and generous corporate subsidies — the state has produced its own “giant sucking sound,” attracting businesses from other states to a place where workers come cheap.

Perry’s calling card in the presidential race is his state’s record of job creation at a time when the national economy floundered. Yes, Texas has created lots of jobs, though that’s partly a reflection of the surge in oil prices, which in turn created tens of thousands of jobs in the oil and gas industries. What Perry touts in his stump speech, however, isn’t the oil boom but, rather, the low-tax, low-reg, handouts-to-business climate that prevails in Texas. It’s the kind of spiel that businesses hear every day from leaders of developing nations — Mexico and, even more, China.

Consider the Texas that Perry holds up to the rest of the nation for admiration. It has the fourth-highest poverty rate of any state. It tied with Mississippi last year for the highest percentage of workers in minimum-wage jobs. It ranks first in adults without high school diplomas. Twenty-six percent of Texans have no health insurance — the highest percentage of medically uninsured residents of any state. It leads the nation in the percentage of children who lack medical insurance. Texas has an inordinate number of employers who provide no insurance to their workers, partly because insurance rates are high, thanks to an absence of regulations.

UPDATE: Michele Crazy Eyes Bachmann promised today that if she is elected president gasoline prices will drop below $2.00 per gallon. Oh, and happy birthday Elvis.

UPDATE #2: Hilarious — “Perry Points to ‘Idiotic’ U.S. Rule That Doesn’t Exist.”
 

Don’t ask

 Posted by at 12:29  Election 2012, Politics, Republicans
Aug 162011
 

Don’t ask and she won’t tell. As Anderson Cooper illustrates, Michelle Crazy Eyes Bachmann has a stock answer whenever anyone asks her about her past anti-gay statements — “I am running for the presidency of the United States.”

Ms. Bachmann has stated that one of her first actions as president would be to reinstate Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Seems appropriate somehow.

UPDATE: I don’t mean to overdose you all on Ms. Crazy Eyes today, but this one is just too good to pass up…

Perhaps she should invest a little more in her research department.
 

Cannon Falls Town Hall

 Posted by at 21:43  Politics
Aug 152011
 

President Obama at a town hall meeting in Cannon Falls, MN earlier today…

We’ve got a willingness to play partisan games and engage in brinksmanship that not only costs us in terms of the economy now, but also is going to place a burden on future generations. And the question is, can we break out of that pattern? Can we break out of that pattern? Think about it: We just went through this debacle with the debt ceiling — an entirely self-inflicted wound. It wasn’t something that was necessary. We had put forward a plan that would have stabilized our debt and our deficits for years to come. But because we’ve got a politics in which some folks in Congress — not the folks who are here — but some in Congress would rather see their opponents lose than America win, we ended up creating more uncertainty and more damage to an economy that was already weak.

Complete transcript following the break.

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The Choice

 Posted by at 22:00  Democrats, Election 2012, Politics
Aug 132011
 

Alright, I admit it. I spend at least a couple of hours each day reading other people’s blogs. It’s part of what I get paid for. Lucky me, right?

Once in a great while I’ll happen upon a blog post that I just have to print out and put in my “Don’t Forget” file. I hit one of those today. It was written by Jeff Fecke of Alas! A Blog and deals with a topic that has been bothering me for some time. He entitled it “The Choice.” I hope you’ll go read the whole thing.

Barack Obama is imperfect. I can understand being frustrated by him. I can understand even wanting to primary him with a “perfect” candidate, though I disagree strongly with the idea that such a candidate exists. But I cannot understand looking at a choice between Obama and any of the Republican candidates and thinking that the Republican would be better. The choice that progressives and liberals have is not between perfect and evil. It is between Obama and evil. And if you’re willing to choose evil to spite Obama — well, in my mind, that makes you as bad as the evil itself.

Amen.
 

Interesting

 Posted by at 21:09  Politics
Aug 132011
 

Did you know that since the United States lost its AAA rating (thank you, Republicans), every country that still has a AAA rating also has socialized medicine?

Just thought you’d want to know.

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Weekly Address 08-13-11

 Posted by at 11:04  Politics
Aug 132011
 

“Putting the American People First”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Obama told the American people that although the United States leads the world in new ideas, innovative businesses and creative entrepreneurs, too many Americans are still struggling to get by. It is time for Congress to act on the President’s proposals, including extending the payroll tax cut, cutting red tape, and getting our construction workers back to work, so that we can get our economy on firmer ground and ensure that anyone who wants a job can find one. President Obama believes the American people deserve more than political brinksmanship, and urges anyone who is frustrated by the gridlock in Washington to let their elected officials know that it is time to put aside partisanship and act in the best interests of the country.

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