Tuesday December 24, 2013, 12:38 am
If you are a member of one of over a million American families, you may awaken tomorrow morning to discover that Republicans have stolen the presents from under your tree. That is because Republicans have a Christmas present for America in keeping with the false gospel of Republican Supply-side Jesus.
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 2:30 am
I agree with every word you say about the GOP's behaviour TC – and congratulations on sharing your table with those less fortunate, I hope you have a wonderful time, and I bet you will, there's nothing like true generosity to brighten everyone's day!
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 6:22 am
I was intrigued by the oxymoron of the Headline, so I had to click on it. Gloria of course, has it right. The GOP are like the Grim Reapers of Christmas and all the rest of the year as well.
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 8:04 am
“Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead," said Scrooge. "But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
------We could ALL fair better if the Leadership would change course from austerity measures.-------
“I don't know what to do!" cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoön of himself with his stockings. "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
-------Too bad the Republican Scrooges didn't realize this type of delight instead of pounding down on the already down and getting their pleasures from it.--------
“If they would rather die, . . . they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
-----An assumption by the Libertarians that if one doesn't work one wants to die......so do so......for you are obviously surplus population. There are not enough jobs for you then too bad, create one out of thin air or be gone.
Sort of on the idea of what Alan Grayson had brought up concerning health care.
"Remember, the Republican plan: "Don’t get sick. And if you do get sick, die quickly."
Dickens felt a strong need to comment on the enormous gap between the rich and poor in Victorian Britain. Dickens intended the story as a strong condemnation of greed, and the transformation of Scrooge. Perhaps a book of the Christmas Carol should be sent to every CEO, Wall Street Speculator, Banker, and Scrooge in DC. For we need a great transformation AGAIN by the Scrooges towards the masses!
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 10:56 am
They say there are givers and there are takers. The takers eat better but the givers sleep better. Whether that is so or not, I believe some of these takers are going to be shaking in their boots when they come face to face with the God they are always quoting. Heheh
Many blessings upon your head, Tom - and many thanks for all you do and all you are!
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 11:03 am
I know this is a time for forgiveness and compassion but for all the damage these people have done to our country and it's citizens I have to work extra hard extending those thoughts to them.
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 11:30 am
The only people who have brought damage to our country for the past six years is Obama and his hand picked incompetents. Everything they've touched, with the exception of the Lily Ledbetter Act has gone to dust. Think of the present Obama delivered to millions of innocent Americans when they had their private healthcare policies cancelled...think about that. No health insurance and no one can afford the premiums under the ACA....I would call that fraud and reason for impeachment.
There are just as many rich democrats as rich republicans. The republicans aren't taking anything from any American. They are trying to get people back to work so that they can support themselves.
Merry Christmas everyone! In the not too distant future I believe our country will see real leadership in Washington DC. Republicans are good people who want smaller government and a robust economy. Obama has had redistributive wealth on his mind since the day he started as a community organizer. Now he knows he simply cannot pull that off....his ACA has crashed and burned - his attempt at single payer won't work in America.
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 12:04 pm
The Republicans and their supporters deserve lumps of coal in their stockings (along with lumps of something else courtesy of Santa's reindeer). If you want sexism, legalized racism, nationalism, protectionism, shameless pro-corporate elitism and hatred for the 99% disguised as fervent flag waving patriotism, then by all means vote Republican, but if you want progress, tolerance and contemporary thinking, vote Democrat.
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 12:28 pm
Well Diane, please give details on what jobs the Republicans are trying to get the people of the US to take.. Specifics please and not the general crap you usually spew.
A lot of the Republicans are distancing themselves from the radical RW teabagging evangelicals because they know it's a nail in their political coffin. You always back the losers and not much has changed but still proclaim they're going to be the biggest winners. If I were you, I wouldn't go to Vegas or play the lottery because you're track record so far has been pathetic.
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 1:28 pm
I always keep track of how my elected officials have voted in congress. When calling them and email them I always request a written albeit by some lackey response. This is an election year for many. These letters make wonderful gifts for the editorial page. It doesn't take Christmas for this liberal Democrat to re gift republicans. Feel better TC
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 6:10 pm
Kudos to you TomCat, for demonstrating again that people who have little find it so much easier to share the little they have with others who have even less. Being rich will prevent these Republicans from ever feeling the true joy of sharing and experience the true meaning of Christmas, no matter how many tax-deductible donations they make or how hard they pray in their front pews in their Church. They have neither heart nor soul.
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 12:05 am
Thanks Tom for the very excellent post. A very accurate description of the present day GOP. They don't even deserve coal or switches for Christmas, just reindeer poop in their Christmas stocking. Merry Christmas to one and all!
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 3:13 am
Merry Christmas to All!
A lot of people are saying that 2013 was President Obama's worst year. Roll Call headlined, "Subdued Obama Hopes For Better 2014." The Hill reported, "Obama names health care rollout his biggest mistake of dismal year." Most people seem to think it was. But I think it was average, in the manner of the old Soviet joke:
Ivan: So how was your day?
Ivan: What do you mean, average?
Boris: Worse than yesterday, better than tomorrow. So, average.
Unless something turns around, Obama's 2013 is likely to be similarly "average": Worse than 2012, but better than 2014.
It's true that Obamacare has been a debacle, wrapped in a catastrophe, shrouded in a disaster. But it's also become clear that it was founded upon a lie: Obama's "if you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it" statement was named by PolitiFact its lie of the year for 2013. Many Americans have already learned that their individual plans are being cancelled because they don't live up to Obamacare, causing enough chaos that the Obama administration has had to give certain people a last-minute "waiver" of the mandate that they buy insurance. But many more problems have just been kicked down the road -- into 2014 -- by Obama's unilateral decision. Ironically, the White House and Democrats were, just a couple of months ago, calling Republicans who wanted to delay the mandate anarchists and terrorists, and loudly proclaiming that Obamacare was "the law of the land."
Regardless, the mandate delay doesn't solve problems, it just kicks the can down the road. And, as Bloomberg's Megan McArdle notes, the White House seems to be reacting to short-term political problems, rather than shoring up the system in ways that will make it work better:
However incoherent these fixes may seem, they send two messages, loud and clear. The first is that although liberal pundits may think that the law is a done deal, impossible to repeal, the administration does not believe that. ... This is at best, damage control. Which suggests that the administration is expecting a fair amount of damage.
I think that's right, and the damage will come in 2014. What we've seen so far, most likely, isn't the worst of it.
Then there is the foreign affairs realm, where 2014 also looks to be worse than 2013. The Obamacare debacle did one useful thing for Obama: It drove the Syria debacle off the front pages. But Obama's precipitous decline in the polls didn't start with the Obamacare rollout; he was already slipping from the ineptitude displayed over Syria, where we went from "Syria Must Be Attacked!" to "Never Mind" in the space of three weeks. Obamacare -- and the NSA spying scandals, and the ongoing drip-drip of the IRS and Benghazi scandals -- has only made it worse. Obama is currently less popular than any postwar president except Richard Nixon at this stage in their terms.
Increasingly, Americans see him as a loser. But more importantly, he's perceived by our friends and enemies abroad as weak and preoccupied. The Saudis are livid about our handling of Iran; needless to say, so are the Israelis. The Iranians clearly don't take us seriously, and Vladimir Putin, who outfoxed Obama over Syria, is plainly unimpressed. The combination of distrust by our friends and disrespect from our enemies is a dangerous mix, and comes at an unsettled time that some scholars are comparing to the years before World War I. It's a time when we need better than usual diplomacy, and that does not appear to be in the offing.
All told, it's likely that 2013 won't be Obama's worst year ever. Or, sadly, America's. Happy New Year!
Glenn Harlan Reynolds is professor of law at the University of Tennessee and the author of The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself. He blogs at InstaPundit.com.
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 5:50 am
the policies of the "haves and have mores" are breaking the back of the American people. income inequalities due to corporate and personal greed disturb me deeply. All in the name of Jesus. bah!
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 7:23 am
Whoa, Diane, you been drinkin' some strange koolaid. I'll say this, you have the Party of Red positions down cold. I wish you a great new year that brings single payer insurance, less war, hopefully no pipeline from the Northland, less stupidity from Putin, and less Red in Congress. Peace, love and flowers forever.
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 8:13 am
Merry Christmas, Thomas! I drink from the glass of reality and don't count on single payer insurance for our country. Have you not looked at the polls lately? The American people aren't buying it. I'll agree to less war but I want that pipeline and disagree about congress. Our country will vote in 2014 and after the ACA total failure and Obama's 40 lies it should be a cake walk for a republican congress.
Politics aside, I wish you a prosperous New Year where your individual effort to succeed in this beautiful country will pay off. We are the land of opportunity. We are not the land of socialism. Listen to the American people, watch the plummeting polls because America is talking to all of us....
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 9:38 am
I used to lean Republican, but the Tea Party has poisoned them practically beyond salvage. I am now a card-carrying Libertarian. Yes, they have their problems - but so do Democrats.
Just a few people can give an entire group a rotten name. A few businessmen come across as greedy and hard-hearted, and suddenly all CEOs are filthy swine. It is too bad, because the business of this country is business. Fortunately, not all business people are self-serving hogs. Plenty of businesses out there provide their workers with living wages and decent benefits, all of their own accord. It is time for Big Business to wake up to the fact that well-paid workers boost the economy because they can buy more stuff, and also because they don't have to go on the public dole just to eat.
As long as Republicans are the party of giving tax cuts to unscrupulous businesses while giving food stamp cuts to the people struggling to make ends meet, they are going to lose more and more support.
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 12:10 pm
Tax cuts are necessary from time to time not all the time, however, when an economy shows high unemployment it works. We have lower unemployment today but that is because many have dropped out of looking for employment. That can do funny things to the actual measure of high unemployment as we know when a large portion of those seeking employment drop out because there appears to be no hope for them.
And, yes, there will be a change in the congress but from the viewpoint of the majority of Americans after Obama's incompetent roll out of his redistributive wealth...single payer scam....and his 30 to 40 lies directly to the American people that they could keep their insurance if they wanted to and then found that they were cancelled...well, you do the math on that. It looks dismal from where I sit. A lying president. Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath. It appears the democrats are developing a record for electing lying presidents. GWB didn't lie about weapons of mass destruction when we went into Iraq. That was the intelligence he was given and he acted on it. God works in mysterious ways....lo and behold those WMD's were found in Syria recently. Saddam used chemical weapons on the Kurds in his own country. He had a stockpile that he was accused of moving to Syria. We are in Syria now in a deal brokered by John Kerry to move them out of Syria and destroy them. I miss the strong leadership skills of George W. Bush. Obama looks like a teenager sitting in our White House. His ACA proves that he is clueless. Perhaps he should go back to Chicago and pick up his old job of agitating the black communities telling them that our government should be giving them more because, well,.....they just should....no one really knows why today.
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 3:35 pm
Tx TC.....It seems to me we have a lot to do before 2014 elections......best start Jan. 2nd. If we DEMS are taking The House, and keeping The Senate. ...We also have a lot of State elections to work on. ....guess I'm goin 'to be busy.
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 5:00 pm
Hopefully, we will be rid of all the lying Repuglicans in congress! I will be working diligently to see that happen in my lifetime!
Happy holidays, TC!
Too bad that your post was hijacked by a glory-hound hoping to get a platform for her ideas of how our country should be run into the ground more!
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 9:52 pm
"Tax cuts are necessary from time to time not all the time, however, when an economy shows high unemployment it works."
Tax cuts cuts cause all the depressions. Look at the chart. look at the depression dates. They all coincide. How can you argue against proof, history and reality?
Like it or not, government HAS to create some jobs to keep unemployment down. Congress keeps the tax cuts in place and force Obama to lay off people. How can we recover with right wing idiots calling the budget shots?
TAX THE RICH! It's the only spoliation. Rebuild! We NEED to! You snotty effers can't get away with this bs for ever and we know it more and more every day you deny us.prosperity.
Thursday December 26, 2013, 2:20 am
TomCat, although we disagree on our politics, I want to wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year. You are doing your good work as an American and I'm doing what I feel is best for our country. We never seem to agree however I'm sending best wishes your way in 2014. We all want a better America.
Thursday December 26, 2013, 12:56 pm
Obama needs to lift up our small businesses with a five year guarantee that he won't slam another tax hike and a healthcare penalty on them his last, thank God, three years in our White House. HE, not the republicans, needs to do NOW what he should've done back in early 2009.
Thursday December 26, 2013, 2:42 pm
I'm no more a troll than you. This is a public forum where people who disagree with your thread topics exercise their freedom of speech the same as all of you. Obama hasn't banned freedom of speech yet.
Thursday December 26, 2013, 5:09 pm
Ideologues ignore facts that disagree with their preferred beliefs.
People who post lengthy other articles on subjects only they are discussing, especially when only indirectly connected to the post by a prior post of their own do indeed deserve the label troll more than others (if one actually pays attention to the definition of troll--we really should be able to flag that behavior on their profile to inactivate them for at least awhile to learn manners and respect of others--civil disagreement is always welcome, but not troll and disrespectful disagreement designed to silence any who disagree with them).
Thursday December 26, 2013, 5:46 pm
To answer your question Jason (since no one else did):
"Still, a historical analysis of job growth percentages shows that Obama still fares better than some recent presidents. As of July, Obama is averaging +0.84 percent annual job growth in his term. That places him ahead of Bush, who saw +0.51 percent growth in his first term and -0.84 percent in his second term. Obama is also tracking better than George H.W. Bush, who presided over +0.69 percent growth during his one term in the White House."
Thursday December 26, 2013, 9:45 pm
Except, he has slashed government jobs. The economy numbers are better but the right won't let it REALLY get better. I quit looking for work 5 years ago. Millions have. If this depression was televised, we'd be looking at the revolution already.
Friday December 27, 2013, 8:10 am
I just had to stop reading Diane O.'s Christmas rant. Diane I suggest you start listening and reading real news outlets other than Faux Noise. This morning I was listening to NPR about the economy and the FACT that it is improving and will be even better in 2014. More and more jobs are being created, housing is up etc. So please. The ACA IS working and will get all the kinks out as time goes by. Same happened to Medicare when it first became law and it has worked. Soon we WILL have single payer. It makes much more sense. Congress claims it will only extend unemployment benefits the cost can be offset by cutting something else. I agree, but not on the backs of the poor. Let's cut funding for some of the useless things, like another aircraft carrier, some useless planes and how about a nice congressional PAY CUT. Merry Christmas and a Prosperous NEW YEAR! Thanks to Obama and NO THANKS to the teaparty.
Friday December 27, 2013, 8:16 am
Diane..."We are not the land of socialism." Well you can say that again and I'm not sure where the right keeps thinking we are.
The true "left" didn't want this Affordable Care Act but wanted Single Payer or Universal Health Care. This ACA or more commonly known as ObamaCare is a REPUBLICAN program or those on the rights program. That is so overlooked by those on the right that keep condemning the Affordable Care Act.
ObamaCare is based on RomneyCare that was placed into Massachusetts and was a Republican program that Mitt Romney was only too pleased to place in. It has helped some, but it hasn't stopped bankruptcy or and is flawed. That is why the polls are down on this........the Republicans are fighting THEIR OWN PLAN because it was placed in with Obama in Office........and those on the left who wanted Universal Health Care and not this ACA are seeing it's flaws and are saying we should of gone a similar way with Universal Health Care.
This is the failure of those on the right who FAIL to see their own Parties flaws and bash a program that was in fact their own Parties desires!
According to rule with C2 we can leave links to other sources, we can copy excerpts of other sources, but we are not suppose to copy entire sources in full on the thread.
Friday December 27, 2013, 10:41 am
Republican President Dwight Eisenhower’s idea of a significant marginal rate cut was to push the top rate down to 91 percent from 92 percent. Corporate taxes hit 50 percent. Jobs proliferated, wages rose, and the economy prospered.
I'd personally like to see us get back closer to those days. The rich still had plenty of money but so too did the strong middle class and with programs that were coming in to help eliminate the poverty that still existed our Country was on a good coarse. The poverty elimination programs unfortunately were taken away once the monies had to be directed towards the Vietnam War. We've lost track ever since.
This shows you how far the Republicans are off the mark from their bygone days. Mitt Romney's Father was a great supporter of the Food Stamp program and helped to place it in and now all the Republicans want is to throw the disabled, Elders, and children off of the program. 85% of those who get to eat from Food Stamps do fall into one of those 3 categories.
Friday December 27, 2013, 8:30 pm
Then Nixon dropped them all the way down to 72%…Where we should have stayed. Reagan started the fall of an empire. Some think that trickle down actually works! That the rich actually create jobs!
Saturday December 28, 2013, 6:46 pm
You forget it WAS working when the tax rates were High. It hasn't been working since the tax rates are low. I do not understand why some people refuse to look at factual historical statistics and the policies at that time we had a strong economy and almost full employment.
Saturday December 28, 2013, 7:34 pm
Wow! That's real crazy talk, Diane. Consumers create the need for jobs. This is why we are stuck in this jobless rut. You don't make something people don't have the money to buy. That's a recipe for going broke.
Look at what is selling. Food…and a crazy notion that rich people will create a job that has no purpose. Do you REALLY believe what isn't even happening? Click your heels.