• on a comment on Barack Herbert Hoover Obama over 4 years ago

    Some of those idiotic TSA measures(part of the Homeland Security budget, I assume) which micromanage trivial stuff while overlooking some big gaffes can be eliminated. Those savings could be used for our underfunded air traffic control.

    Farm Subsidies.  No biggie here as they help a lot of rich corps.

    Education: SAY WHAT??? Is Obama crazy ?

    Nutrition: ?????? Preventive health care is important.

    National Parks: I do not know about you. But our land is one of our most treasured assets in the world. Giving people jobs to manage such unique vastness of these parks is money well spent.

    Let's look at the ones untouched:
    1) Pentagon: Geez.
    2) Foreign aid: double geez. more money that gets wasted by corrupt foreign officials.
    3) VA: No problem here.  It does make sense politicially and morally to not limit funding for this.
    4) Homeland Security: Ughhh. Spend more money on improving intelligence data analysis instead of just data gathering, but I would cut back everything else behind the scenes on such a redundant agency borne out of instilling fear in the electorate.

  • comment on a post Barack Herbert Hoover Obama over 4 years ago

    God, Obama is a coward of the highest order. I am ashamed to have supported this guy.  And Evan Bayh has become my most hated senator since Lieberman.

     

    Why not cut spending on that idiotic TSA or defense? Our terrorism related spending is better spent on intelligence. Aren't defense contractors a special interest of sorts? Why spend MY TAX DOLLARS on defense programs that I do not want. I will adopt the right wing talking poitnt stoo. I do not want my money to subsidize defense contractors. I do not want MY TAX MONEY to go to comfort some cowards insecurity about terrorists. It is not my problem. So do not spend my tax money on useless wars that are of no use to me.

     

    Obama should learn to SELL progressive programs he articulated dyuring his program. Instead, he just gives up instead of learning how to intelligently market those programs with easy to understand talking points. Talk about how crime can go down if more people are doing something productive through stimulus programs and not sitting idly with no money. Use right wing tone to sell progressive policies if you must.

  • comment on a post Why only 9 over 4 years ago

    What does Bayh have to say about this? He keeps blaming th eleft. But we tolerated his ass kissing of Lieberman only to see his "strategy" backfire. But then again, we knew all along that Bayh didn't really care about the Democratic Party when he wanted Lieberman to remain chair.

  • comment on a post Is It Me John Edwards? over 4 years ago

    I fell for Edwards act that he was a changed man after the 2004 debacle. But I always had this distrust of him prior to that. I was one of the few here who did not question the National Enquirer story on him. I was pissed not because of his affair, but the way he paid her off and lied about the paterntity(not to mention how liberals talk about sex ed preventing pregnancies, yet you have a grown educatedc man who didn't know the value of a condom).

    I have a distrust of  trial and corporate lawyers, in general(not to mean, I distrust every lawyer I meet).

     

    This is why I never fall for the cult of personality.

  • comment on a post An Unfortunate Phrase From Today's Bank Announcement over 4 years ago

    This is reactionary political stuff. Wouldn't it have made more sense to go for reforms WHEN they had the leverage when they bailed out the financial institutions and AIG?

     

    Also what about accountability when a regulator misses something? Madoff was violating EXISTING laws and got away with stuff. Has a single SEC employee been made to suffer? Has anyone  been fired from the State Department or intelligence agencies for the Detroit Delta flight near bombing fiasco ?

     

    They can talk about rules, but I want to see if there will be enforcement.

  • on a comment on Bayh vulnerable? Probably. over 4 years ago

    Mandate without adequate reform is outrageous. What does this bill  do to middle class people with preexistin conditions? There is no hard cap number on a "reasonable" premium.

     

    Then again, maybe it's not so bad and the OBama people are just doing a lousy job not presenting the bill in simple terms with neat categories on the advantages such a bill poses to different income groups.

  • comment on a post Bayh vulnerable? Probably. over 4 years ago

    Bayh has been one of the worst senators in the Democratic Party caucus. I consider myself as someone who doesn't subscribe to a certain ideology. However, unlike Bayh, I do not take joy in taking potshots at the left. People like Bayh disgust me because it seems the only time he speaks up is lecture the left but he never did anything to keep the right in check. A princiipled moderate takes good ideas from every ideology, not just act spineless and go with corporate interests. Bayh had neither the intelligence nor the courage to oppose some of Bush's policies, but now, he has the guts to oppose liberal policies?

    Last time I checked, the HCR bill was pand4ering to Nelson, Lieberman and Landrieu. I do not remember Obama having special meetings with the Feingolds or Frankens of the caucus. Ridiculous statement by Bayh.

    AND LET"S NOT FORGET THE RIDICULOUS STATEMENT BY BARNEY FRANK TOO. Dodd and Frank are old and need to retire if they can't make a change in DC.

  • comment on a post Not Helpful over 4 years ago

    It is freaking amazing Lieberman has the gall to say Democrats need to go to the center and was blaming before today's election that a possible loss is the fault of stuff like the Health Care reform bill. Who the hell does he think was being pandered to on the health care bill which he brought up again as a bad bill? De,mocrats bent over for Lieberman and he is still badmouthing the bill here. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/19/lieberman-urges-party-to_n_428686.html

     

    You know, where is the accountability among the so called moderates(they are really not moderates but sellouts who pretend to be moderate). When their strategy of Obama giving in to them did not help him ONE BIT in MA, where is their acceptance of responsibility that they along with Coakley created this incredible loss. This is the equivalent of someone like Lamont winning in GA during the Bush years. Wow. Amazing. How can the party not get its act together?

     

    How about all those high paid consultants? Shouldnt they refund all the fees they ahve been getting since a lot of people have obviously fallen asleep at the wheel?

     

    The only good thing to come out of this is the Democrats no longer have to chant the idiotic 60 vote mantra and a Lieberman is no longer the deciding vote.

  • comment on a post Not Helpful over 4 years ago

    It is freaking amazing Lieberman has the gall to say Democrats need to go to the center and was blaming before today's election that a possible loss is the fault of stuff like the Health Care reform bill. Who the hell does he think was being pandered to on the health care bill which he brought up again as a bad bill? De,mocrats bent over for Lieberman and he is still badmouthing the bill here. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/19/lieberman-urges-party-to_n_428686.html

     

    You know, where is the accountability among the so called moderates(they are really not moderates but sellouts who pretend to be moderate). When their strategy of Obama giving in to them did not help him ONE BIT in MA, where is their acceptance of responsibility that they along with Coakley created this incredible loss. This is the equivalent of someone like Lamont winning in GA during the Bush years. Wow. Amazing. How can the party not get its act together?

     

    How about all those high paid consultants? Shouldnt they refund all the fees they ahve been getting since a lot of people have obviously fallen asleep at the wheel?

     

    The only good thing to come out of this is the Democrats no longer have to chant the idiotic 60 vote mantra and a Lieberman is no longer the deciding vote.

  • comment on a post MA Senate Prediction thread over 4 years ago

    It is clear Obama's strategy of kowtowing to the Blue Dogs did not help him one bit in getting independent support. Same with Health Care reform which succeeded in getting both the right and left angry. I love how Emanuel types would have pilloried Dean if he was in charege of the DNC right now. What are these geniuses doing? They decided to continue the Bush bailouts of banks. They decided to put in a weird hodgepodge of a health care bill that still does nothing for the middle class.

    The funny thing is Republicans havent even been good at coming up with fresh ideas. It's the Democratic Party's lack of leadership in putting a cohesive unified plan out that is making them lose respect. Sure Obama has done things better than Bush overall, But any idiot could do that considering how horrible the Bush presidency was. Same with Senate Democrats who have been better than the Republicans, but are limited by 4 or 5 Blue Dogs who have way too much say in issues.

    So who is going to pay for a slam dunk victory becoming either a very narrow victory or a loss today?

  • on a comment on MLK Day open thread over 4 years ago

    Wait, it is good strategy for the Obama people to court conservatives on issues, but all of a sudden it is the fault of "purists" when purists lose trust when they get ignored and treated with contempt at times by the Obama people(witness the takedown of Dean and the tone they adopt in bashing him periodically when they could have easily taken the high road and just tell Dean they agree to disagree).

     

    YOU CANNOT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. You can't excuse one strategy of courting mso called moderates(I am actually your classic moderate if one examines my views)  but then blame the failure of another strategy on the demographics being too much of purists.

  • on a comment on MLK Day open thread over 4 years ago

    quite frankly, the "purists" were willing to live with some compromise. But not everyone has the time to read every freaking clause in the HCR bill. What we get are the numerous bend over moves by the Democrats to a few Blue Dogs without much compromise from the other side(at least what is conveyed to us). Maybe you should blame the Obama people for not doing a better job explaining why the bill is still good. It doesn't help that they openly alienate the people the "purists" trust which makes people distrust the HCR even if is still better than nothing. What the common person, which includes someone like me, sees is that we have this mandate that everyone is forced to get insurance, but the payback to the common citizen doesn't offset it. Now, if we are offbase, then it is the failure of the Obama admin and senior Democrats to relay that. Republicans did an excellent job with repetition of their talking points when they were in power. With the Democrats, it is tough to see what is going on. I follow MYDD and I confess that I am confused as to what is going on.

    This is the key thing. When there are complex issues many of us do not have time to examine in close detail, it is part of the selling job the senior democrats need to do to earn our trust so we can place our blind trust in the details while they convince us of the bigger issues involved with a bill.

  • on a comment on Brown favored to win over 4 years ago

    It was an intentionally flip comment from me. I would gladly vote for someone who stands up for certain principles even if they dont benefit me as long as there is leadership and courage. I don't see that in the Democratic Party's ruling power bases.

    In the absence of that, I am going to say fuck it and see what harm am i getting by disengaging myself temporarily. It's the progressives being taken for granted(I am not a typical lefty as I subscribe to some conservative views) that makes me thikn that the only leverage we have is to be passive at the polls. The problem is not us, it is the lack of introspection among the Democratic leaders why they are not geting the support they took for granted. Instead, they just whine and act petulant towards the base they take for granted.

  • on a comment on Brown favored to win over 4 years ago

    I mean the abuses at Gitmo were worse under Bush.

  • on a comment on Brown favored to win over 4 years ago

    The banking bailout wasnt much different under Obama as it was under Bush. Healthcare reform doesnt affect me personally. So what has really changed for me to give a damn? Sure the Gitmo thing was better under Bush, but the human abuses there pale next to collateral damage suffered in needless wars.

    How is my life better now than it was last year? Obama is pandering to the likes of Lieberman. So why should I give a damn?

    Politicians cant have it both ways. Give the middle finger to progressives and then expect them to show the same enthusiasm which translates to high turnout. There were things that Obama people have done that had nothing to do with political expediency - like the marginalization of people like Dean. Do you think a single right winger who hates Dean will now vote for a Democrat because of that? The bailout of banks was the perfect time to get concessions. Now Obama foolishly asks for some reforms when he has nothing more to offer them. He failed the very basic lesson of negotiation. Such incompetence embarrasses me.

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