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Monday, December 20, 2010

And only Nixon could go to China
Posted by Jill | 5:37 AM
Still believe that Obama is a real progressive who's just playing 11-dimensional chess? On economic issues, at least, he's serving his corporate masters:
The tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is just the first part of a multistage drama that is likely to further divide and weaken Democrats.

The second part, now being teed up by the White House and key Senate Democrats, is a scheme for the president to embrace much of the Bowles-Simpson plan — including cuts in Social Security. This is to be unveiled, according to well-placed sources, in the president’s State of the Union address.

The idea is to pre-empt an even more draconian set of budget cuts likely to be proposed by the incoming House Budget Committee chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), as a condition of extending the debt ceiling. This is expected to hit in April.

White House strategists believe this can also give Obama “credit” for getting serious about deficit reduction — now more urgent with the nearly $900 billion increase in the deficit via the tax cut deal.

Barack Obama's pathology about being Moses parting the waters is so intense that he's going to sell future retirees down the river in perpetuity just so he can say he played nice with Mitch McConnell. But why should he worry? The financial community will reward him handsomely with a nice fat paycheck and bonus plan for the job it will give him when he leaves office. He'll be only too happy to join the "I got mine and fuck you" crowd, and he'll sleep like a baby knowing that he played nice with the people who matter in this country. The rest of us had better stock up in 9-Lives.

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Blogger BadTux said...
I disagree. Once Obama and the Republicans are finished, even cat food will be too expensive for our retirees to purchase. That is why I am working on a new cookbook for tomorrow's retirees, one that utilizes a readily available but traditionally underutilized source of protein.

It is called "The Gourmet Rat Cookbook", and includes excellent Cajun-inspired recipes for things like Rat Etoufee, Rat Gumbo, Rat Crouquettes, and many, many more! I'm posting recipes on my blog as I go along just in case Obama and the Catfood Commission cut things so far that our seniors can't even afford a cookbook, they can go to the public library and read the recipes there.

Ah, what a brave new world we are making for ourselves, thanks to such luminaries as John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Barack Obama! Our children must be overjoyed, overjoyed I say, at the world that we are gifting them with!

- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

Blogger casey said...
Hello Jill,

I think that it is time to get an impeachment movement started as the longer he stays in office the greater damage he will do. Joe Biden does not give me hope but if he goes down the same path then the same remedy could be used. I do not think that there are enough real congress critters to get an impeachment and trial so this becomes another fruitless idea but like chicken soup it wouldn't hurt to attempt this as it has a goal that progressives could work towards. The congress critters will almost to a person reject this but it will show how few in congress are for a progressive agenda and that should be considered when feeding them (aka contributions of time and money for them during election season).

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Well, with all this crap about Obama moving to the center--well at least as defined my Mitch McConnell and his cohorts-- I keep thinking of the line from one of James McMurtry's songs:

"Out here in the middle/Where the center's on the right..."

Yes, it's amazing how the Repubs have managed to define the "center" only as something Ron Reagan would approve of.

And as Paul Krugman pointed out in a recent column, Obama certainly seems to be hurrying along in that direction....