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Open Thread - 11/25/2012

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Open Thread )

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).

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Kit B (276)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 12:32 pm

Wow! 2:48 - now that is a record for me.

Sad reminder of once again a president was able to lie, cheat and connive to have his way and pay NO price. Thanks TomCat.

"Let’s call a spade a spade. Democratic and even most Republican governors fear the damage to their states that Republican proposed cuts will cause." - Knowing it and admitting this seem to be worlds apart. Of course it will hurt the states, it's take a moron to not be able to see the damage coming.

SuSanne P (193)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 12:54 pm
Oh my gosh I did it! I stuck with it not having a clue how it worked I accomplished my first puzzle. 11:20 is my time and I am VERY PROUD considering I didn't know it had to CLICK and didn't see the photo until the last couple of seconds. You can bet the farm I will shave many minutes off next week! Get ready Kit. Wink!! FUN FUN FUN!
I was VERY confused after reading ABC's comments, so thank you Tom for sharing your views. Now THAT is understandable. I enjoyed chatting with you all day and wish you a Lovely Meditation. See you on Tuesday!

Lynn S (235)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 2:15 pm
Puzzle — 3:17 A rose is a rose . . . I just wish I could smell this one!

MoveOn — What a great sign!! AMEN!!!!!

NY Times — Oh where to start with this one?

Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, chairman of the National Governors Association. “We just want to make sure that we have a voice as these decisions are being made.”

But there is a long history of the federal government’s giving short shrift to the needs of states and cities — by making cuts in federal aid that forced service cuts or tax increases at the local level, or by passing laws requiring localities to take expensive actions without giving them the money to do so.

So much for government "of the people, for the people and for the people." Ideally, there should be some sort of consultation.

Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, a Republican, has been on both sides of the federal-state divide: trying to cut the federal budget as a chairman of the House Budget Committee, and now seeking to preserve services, especially for the poor, as a governor.

I find it interesting that Republican/Teabagger governors like Kasich who wanted a Republican/Teabagger régime nationwide, would be crying the blues over huge cuts that will directly affect them. Had the Republican/Teabaggers won the White House etc, what did they think would happen? Ryan's budget certainly made it clear that there would be huge cuts that would have affected every state. I'm sure that governors like Kasich will be blind to this and blame Democrats.

ABC — TC — If there is more gridlock, it is only because fewer Democrats are likely to cave-in to absurd Republican demands. — AMEN!!!!!

Cartoon — The words of Sir Walter Scott come to mind: "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive."


Shelly P (213)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 3:23 pm
I love that billboard!!

Yvonne W (229)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 3:41 pm
Ah, I CAN Recall the days when you could call almost every RepubliCON an Un-Indicted Co-CONspiritor & not be sued by a Koch-sucker!;) I agree with Tom: "ABC’s take on this is way off target, and revels their pro-GOP bias. The so-called moderate Republicans virtually always goose stepped, following orders, but the Blue Dogs often defected. If there is more gridlock, it is only because fewer Democrats are likely to cave-in to absurd Republican demands." Bring on the Polarization!:)


Pat B (356)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 3:46 pm
Good luck with your foot, Tom, and thanks for your posts....;-)

Joe R (190)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 4:24 pm
Thanks TomCat. (3:41)

John B (185)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 7:21 pm
Thanks Tom for the post.
Move On: that's a "spill" I can tolerate.
NY Times: Yep State officials and local officials are very worried. Gov. Kasich is crying now that he will have to shoulder the blame for the same thing he advocated for in budget cuts while in the US House. He is up for reelection in 2014.
ABC: The next session of Congress will be rather interesting but I feel as you do Tom that there will be fewer Democrats likely to cave-in to absurd Republican demands.
Read and noted.

P A (117)
Monday November 26, 2012, 4:38 am
Thanks TC.

Mary T (178)
Monday November 26, 2012, 4:31 pm
Thanks Tom, Love the MoveON billboard.

Robert T (62)
Monday November 26, 2012, 6:19 pm
Sure wish we had one of those billboards here in Houston. Of course, during the Gulf Oil spill our Gov called it an "Act of God." So, I am not sure he and some others would appreciate the board's message.

James M (84)
Monday November 26, 2012, 9:44 pm
Okay, finally got well under eight (8), yes eight
minutes so, there may be hope for me yet!!!!

TomCat S (128)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 7:17 am
Thanks everyone. The foot is fine. It feels great to walk without pain.
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