Cheers Jane!!

A nearly teary-eyed plea from FDL’s Jane Hamsher on MSNBC tops a post called The game IS rigged.   We’ve had Allan Simpson chortle with glee at the idea that the government will be shut down.  John Boehner is strutting around Capitol Hill like some kind of preening banty rooster.

And all for what?  Tax cuts for Millionaires?  All this for TAX CUTS for MILLIONAIRES?   The bill to extend tax cuts to less than $250k passed the House.  Now,  it hangs out there in the Senate like a pinata while what we are talking about are people’s lives. Where’s the extension for the unemployed among us?

“Republicans are worried about this proposal because it would expose that they are fighting for millionaires instead of the middle class,” said Schumer’s spokesman Brian Fallon in a statement to me.

Back to Jane.

Okay. So Obama won’t come out in public and say that he only wants a bill extending tax cuts for people making under $250,000 a year, he won’t threaten to veto any bill other than that, we know the House has scheduled a vote that can’t possibly pass, and the Senate doesn’t even have the support from the Democrats — let alone enough Republicans to pass it.

Uh-huh. Right.  So this is what Obama REALLY cares about.

Bulllshit.  We’re headed for extending ALL the tax cuts for 2-3 years, because that’s what Obama really wants.  The rest is just political theater designed to appease the chumps base.

Meanwhile, as entertaining as all of this is to political junkies, 2 million people are set to lose their unemployment benefits by the end of the year.  Which nobody, in the midst of their partisan game playing, seems to give a shit about.

It’s Christmas time, you bastards. People can’t feed their kids.  You continue to shovel trillions of dollars at the banks.  And all of you — Pelosi, Reid, Obama — you fail the test not only of leadership, but of basic human compassion. Of having any kind of a moral compass.

The game is rigged.  And nobody will be fooled into thinking that little treat you’re going to drop in their Christmas stocking is anything other than a lump of coal.

Yup.  Merry, Merry, all those of you making over $250k a year.  If you’re one of the long-term unemployed, well you just get that old lump of coal when the pinata falls because what happens in the beltway these days isn’t about us.  It’s about THEM.  Oh, and meanwhile, the Cat Food Commission Report is picking up steam.  Guess that’s what’s cracking on New Year’s eve!  That’s not a popper. it’s the backs of the middle class and seniors


48 Comments on “Cheers Jane!!”

  1. Pilgrim says:

    The Republicans couldn’t get their social security privatization passed with George Bush. So, now they’ve got their man that can really do their stuff: Barack Obama. Yee-haw!

  2. SHV says:

    Jane’s opinion is, IMHO, worthless. She was/is one of the biggest shills/suckers for the Obama/One Party Kabuki. Especially on health care, she was attracted like a moth to the flame, to every distraction that was advanced by the Obama team. “Bad Blue Dogs, Bad Nelson, Bad Lincoln, Bad Rethugs” sign this petition..blah…blah.

    • dakinikat says:

      Well, better late than never. At this point, if any one wakes up and wants to pressure things to change, I’m encouraged. It’s better than pushing the hopey changey thing still or being in total denial.

    • Jane did mess up re: 2008 and re: HCR, but it was on strategy.

      It will always be too late for Obama’s enablers on the left to undo all of the consequences of their shortsightedness, but calling out Obama on doing exactly what he wants may be a sign of improvement if she keeps it up and doesn’t fall down on strategy again. This issue has been the hugest blindspot and hindrance on holding Obama accountable–people mistakenly believing he’s being cornered into boxes he doesn’t want to be cornered into.

      • Pilgrim says:

        Yes, he’s more probably being cornered into exactly the boxes he wants to seem to be in. Maybe that’s the vaunted chess or poker player smarts. (But I doubt it. I think he just gets pushed all over the place because he has no core of real belief. But, yes, he’s more amenable to right-wing than left-wing. He’s very frustrating to consider.)

        • O. is an enigma chasing after RR’s Morning in America when what we needed was someone who could be a beacon of light and leadership in a dark, night sky.

          • Pilgrim says:

            True. He had practically stated that Reagan was his hero.

            And nearly everybody heard what they wanted to imagine he was saying.

          • Pilgrim says:

            and he just loves the enigma he is (I’m a blank slate)

            People were fascinated by the enigma. Fascination is turning to vexation, anger, and worse.

    • RalphB says:

      I’ll just wait on the fundraiser or the ads on FDL will pay better with more eyeballs on this side of the fence now.

    • joanelle says:

      I agree SHV but, someone had to say it – I don’t care who – just name that elephant in the room

    • gweema says:

      She probably just got her renewal rates for her own health insurance 🙂

      There are many Jane’s out on the blogs, SHV. I just hope this stand of Jane’s starts a new movement toward people demanding leadership from the people they elected. The video didn’t include the moderator’s response to her, though. Did she get put down for her comments on MSNBC, or was there some agreement that would encourage the viewers to find some spine?

  3. joanelle says:

    Indeed, Cheers for Jane. Why did it take so long for someone to say it publicly??? 😡

    • Woman Voter says:

      Yup, Got LEADERSHIP???

    • soupcity says:

      Yep, when you’re right you’re right.

      What in the world are people supposed to do this holiday? I look at my kids and want to cry, it’s never been this bad. Husband’s on the verge of UI cutoff in a few weeks, no one cares and there are so many millions worse off than us. It almost feels surreal, you have to get numb cause it’s hard to function otherwise.

  4. fiscalliberal says:

    So – when Obama starts doing all this stuff, I wonder what Hillary and the rest of his cabinate are going to do.

  5. Fannie says:

    Dak, today the Sac Bee, said California was the 8 richest economy in the world.

    http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2010/12/californias-economy-still-8th.html

    It reads like good information, but yet we have a 12.4 unemployment rate. With Nevada, and Michigan in the top. I guess I should have started that Christmas account
    last year, cause this year is lean.

  6. fiscalliberal says:

    Rachel Maddown just said that Reid just announced that Senate will hold Sat votes on tax cuts. Hopefully the press will carry this

    • dakinikat says:

      I’m sure it will be on CSPAN at least and the Republicans are acting like it’s Custer’s last stand.

    • paper doll says:

      They do the for real stuff they give a shit about on the weekends… bail outs and tax breaks…( bail out by another name. ) Amazing how he can still call a vote for a tax break…jobless Americans can go scratch

      • dakinikat says:

        depressing isn’t it?

        • NW Luna says:

          It’s a travesty. On NPR tonight the Dems were whining that they can’t do anything because they don’t have a majority any more. So WTF were they doing when they had a bloody majority? And how’s that Hope for a Miracle Prez working out?

          It really hurts to say We Told You So this many times.

  7. Thursday's Child says:

    Yea, tell them, Jane!

  8. Thursday's Child says:

    Cheers. Hmmm, where did you get that from?
    Bottoms up!

  9. Pat Johnson says:

    We are indeed living in two Americas. John Edwards at least had that one right.

    My heart aches for thos cut off from unemployment benefits, those whose homes are in foreclosure, the many who sweat out each day wondering if this is their last at their jobs, the hopeless, helpless, members of our society who deserve so much more than what these bastards are selling.

    How they sleep at night is a mystery. Perhaps like Boehner they lull themselves into a stupor from the bottom of the bottle. Something has to get you through the night especially if you still reserve one vestige of conscience.

    My senator, Scott Brown, voted against extending the unemployment benefits then headed off to a merry Christmas Party. I hope the citizens of MA will remember that in 2012. I know I will.

    • dakinikat says:

      Too bad John Edwards was such a Diva. His message was at least good. He’s got to live with himself now.

      • Yeah, except I think it was Elizabeth Edwards’ message moreso than his… if what came out of Game Change was true, she used the Rielle fallout to force him to move populist left.

        He’s such a phony, he probably would have gone blue dog if it wasn’t for her.

        • dakinikat says:

          I was so disappointed in Richardson and Edwards. I really thought they were better than they turned out to be.

        • In some ways, I wonder if it would have been better if he never had Elizabeth’s influence. He wouldn’t have tainted the poverty message with his, er, “narcissism” as he put it.

  10. RalphB says:

    Game Over for Catfood Commission?

    ABC News has learned Andrew Stern will vote no on the deficit commission’s plan to reduce the national deficit by nearly $4 trillion. Mr. Stern, the former president of the SEIU, has informed co-chairmen Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson that he will be the fifth member voting no, ending the commission’s hopes of officially passing the plan to Congress. The commission needed votes from 14 of the 18 members in order to pass the plan to Congress.

    Mr. Stern joins Sen. Max Baucus and Reps. Dave Camp, Paul Ryan and Jan Schakowsky in voting against the plan. He is also the only non-elected official to vote against the plan.

    At Wednesday’s deficit commission meeting, Mr. Stern voiced concerns with the plan’s approach to addressing the tax system, health care, and future investments.

    • Pat Johnson says:

      I’ll believe it when I see it. Ryan may very easily capitulate since he has his eye on the WH and those Repub leaders are needed when and if that time comes. To go against them is going to take an act of courage.

      I’ll wait until the final vote comes in before I stand up and applaud. We have seen far too many of those we placed our trust in during the healthcare debacle say one thing today, another tomorrow when it came to passage.

      It’s a shame that our cynicism far outweighs our optimism when it comes to the present day congress and the leadership we look toward for relief. Hardly there.

    • NW Luna says:

      Well Andy Stern is finally standing up for working-class Americans again. ‘Bout time.

    • dakinikat says:

      That would be delightful news, but I’m with Pat in that I’ll believe it when it really happens.

    • dakinikat says:

      I just wish the entire thing would go away.

  11. Dario says:

    Krugman: Freezing Out Hope

    After the Democratic “shellacking” in the midterm elections, everyone wondered how President Obama would respond. Would he show what he was made of? Would he stand firm for the values he believes in, even in the face of political adversity?
    On Monday, we got the answer: he announced a pay freeze for federal workers. This was an announcement that had it all. It was transparently cynical; it was trivial in scale, but misguided in direction; and by making the announcement, Mr. Obama effectively conceded the policy argument to the very people who are seeking — successfully, it seems — to destroy him.
    So I guess we are, in fact, seeing what Mr. Obama is made of.
    snip

  12. Sima says:

    I wonder, are average Americans getting as fed up as we are? Do they even pay attention? I think they do, but sometimes I just wonder.

    I get the feeling that when unemployment is discussed people just turn away and pretend that if they don’t pay attention to it, it can’t happen to them. Was it that way in the Great Depression? I don’t know, and my relatives that lived through it are now dead. Maybe that’s why we are repeating this crap, anyone who could remember is now dead.

    • Dario says:

      I think the 2010 elections showed a discontented voter. The Democratic voters stayed home, and the Republican voters showed up at the polls in big numbers. Each side expressed the discontent differently, that’s all.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      I feel this way too Sima, it makes me wonder what the man or woman ahead of me in the line at Walmart thinks about all this that is going on. A few weeks ago, it might have been longer, there was some sort of poll done on people in the street. Showing pictures of Boehner, Pelosi, The Situation, and Snookie…the average person was asked to name the people in the picture, you can guess who they knew and who they didn’t. So it makes me wonder too, are they fed up?

      • Thursday's Child says:

        I would recognize Boehner and Pelosi, but not the Situation and Snookie, as I have never watched Jersey Shore. And I only live a few miles from where it supposedly takes place.

  13. Pips says:

    He sure keeps his priorities straight. Obama via Politico:

    President Obama ran into reporters in a hallway at the White House on Thursday, though he wouldn’t answer their questions on the START deal with Russia or compromising with Republicans on extending tax cuts for the rich.

    Instead, Obama smiled and walked away – but not before saying that FIFA made the “wrong decision” in giving the 2022 World Cup to Qatar instead of the United States.