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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Ye Damned Whale
Posted by Jill | 9:59 AM

Dramatic portrayal of Mitch McConnell and Tea Party Congresscritters in their quest to destroy Barack Obama's presidency by any means necessary

In case you were ever tempted to believe that the Republican Party is still a legitimate political force that just has a different idea of how to get to where we all want to go; that it is NOT just about power, not at all about country, perhaps this will convince you of what an insane clown posse (h/t: jurassicpork) the GOP is:
Senate Democrats appear increasingly nervous that Republicans intend to force a shutdown of the federal government as a political bargaining tool to force deep cuts in the federal budget. A number of Democratic senators have been warning that a federal shutdown could have dire consequences for the U.S. economy, as well as individual Americans would rely on Social Security, veterans’ benefits, and other federal programs.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) used Friday’s surprise drop in the nation’s unemployment rate — down to 9 percent, the lowest level since April 2009 — to urge Republicans to focus more on job-creation solutions, not “extreme political stunts.”

“At this critical juncture, we certainly cannot afford an extreme step like forcing a government shutdown that could send us back into a recession and put Social Security checks, veterans’ benefits and border security at risk,” Reid says. “I hope my Republican colleagues will stop playing with fire, and join us to pass responsible measures that control spending while encouraging growth. Now is the time for common-sense solutions that create jobs and strengthen the middle class, not extreme political stunts.”

This year, McConnell describes the March 4 expiration of the continuing resolution currently funding federal operations, and the looming need to raise the federal debt ceiling, as “opportunities” which might spark a fresh federal shutdown.

“Last Sunday, the Republican Leader repeatedly referred to the pending expiration of the CR and the potential breaching of the debt limit as ‘opportunities,’” says Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Senate. “Shutting down the government and defaulting on our debts should not be considered ‘opportunities.’ Risking millions of American jobs should not be considered an ‘opportunity.’ We need to responsibly deal with the deficit, but we should not put the livelihoods of millions of hard-working Americans in the middle of a game of political brinksmanship in Washington.”

To rein in spending and bring down the deficit, Democrats say Republicans need to drop the extreme rhetoric and support a “responsible, two-pronged approach that cuts waste while keeping our economy growing and creating jobs.”

There is a tiny glimmer of economic hope on the horizon...but Republicans would rather see the economy plunge into recession -- or worse -- if it means bringing Obama down.

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Blogger PurpleGirl said...
I consider the lower unemployment numbers really indicate the number of people who have dropped off the radar because they've lost all benefits and are no longer counted.

I took a bus into Manhattan yesterday and passed a section of Queens Boulevard I haven't passed through in several weeks. I counted at least 4 new "store for rent" signs. Stores that were still open the last time I passed them.

These were small businesses, local businesses. No more. They are gone now and with them a few jobs, money that won't be circulating locally anymore.

Recovery... what recovery.