Sunday Reads, and other things…

A face only a mother could love...

Sunday is upon us, yet again. The days are starting to blend together for me, Christmas is coming up rather fast and the cards still sit, waiting for me to send them out.

With all this tax deal debate going on, and discussions about the rich making out like a cat in a canary farm, reminds me of a story.

About 7 years ago, my husband went through a farming period. Not that he’s ever really gotten over it. After a trip to the local farm store, we came home with six little guinea hens. Living out in the back woods, it seemed like a simple idea…the kids would have some interesting pets, the guineas would be real good watch birds, they would eat the bugs, and they would fulfill my husbands need to have a his own version of the TV show Green Acres.

When we got these birds, it just so happened that the 17 year cicadas were emerging once again in our little spot of heaven in the North Georgia Mountains. These guineas hit the jackpot, there was food everywhere, and boy did they love them some cicadas! I have never seen anything like it. These guineas would stalk the little bugs, and seemed to relish in satisfaction as they devoured the noisy critters.

However, like many other items of abundance, these loud cicadas eventually petered out to nothing but a silent memory. What was a guinea to do? They still had their feed and other bugs and worms at their disposal, but they became restless…with nothing to entertain them and nothing to stalk, these guineas began to explore the upper regions of their habitat. Namely the roof of my mother’s house and the view that it offered them of the dinning room table. My mother’s house has four large gables, with big windows on all sides of the roof. The guineas would preoccupy themselves by staring into the windows while we ate our dinner every day. Imagine those ugly Jurassic looking naked heads and dark piercing eyes, peering into the windows at you while you try to eat your dinner. It was unsettling to say the least, I mean they had their chicken/guinea feed, but it made me feel guilty to be eating such a bounty of various foods…while they looked pathetically through the windows…it was as if the guineas were like Dan Aykroyd in the movie Trading Places...looking in at an upscale restaurant and its clientele…with hunger, anger and frustration in their eyes.

I know, I know… get to the point. I am fortunate that my family still has enough money, after pulling our resources together, to get by. Although, for how much longer I really can’t say. But with all these deals going on behind closed doors, I can’t help feeling like those guineas. It is like the TV is the window, and C-Span is the dinner table…if you catch my analogy. Obama and his crew are giving us the spiel, trying to sell us on this bill that will make the fat cats even fatter. But I am well aware that what they are offering my family of guinea fowl…is just chicken feed.

At least I am not the only one who “gets it,” that independent senator from Vermont does…and he talked close to 9 hours on Friday…telling it like it is. Senator Bernie Sanders spent most of Friday championing the guinea hens in all of us.(wink) It was invigorating to see him proclaiming what I and others think. Via Memorandum and Politico, Bernie’s last stand was something to see!

Oh, and if you are wondering what happened to the guineas? I came home one day from work to find them gone. My mother, the matriarch-dictator of the family got rid of them…they had been pecking at the shingles and shitting on the roof…they had to go.

And with that…on with the Sunday Reads!

Well, I have to admit I stayed up to see SNL because I wanted to see what they would do with the gem that was given to them by Obama on Friday, by leaving the press conference so as not to piss off Michelle. Unfortunately they did not use this nugget in any of their sketches, and actually it was a huge let down.

Suzie Madrak over at Crooks and Liars has this Social Security Experts On Payroll Tax Holiday: White House Trying To Jumpstart Recovery, Not Weaken Social Security | Crooks and Liars

I was on a conference call yesterday with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and after listing to experts explain why the proposed payroll tax holiday put Social Security in jeopardy, I asked what I thought was an obvious question: Since there were many smart people working in the White House, did these experts think the White House was oblivious to that risk — or was that the desired effect?

They concurred it was more likely a matter of kicking the can down the road, concentrating instead on the weak recovery.

“They have to look everywhere for ways to stimulate the economy,” said Nancy Altman, co-director of Social Security Works and author of The Battle for Social Security. “Republicans suggested this, they went for it.”

I don’t think it was too hard a suggestion, do you? It seems to me that Obama was always a Republican in a liberal suit, this deal is just giving him the opportunity to be like his hero Reagan…I wonder what Obama will do when he gets together with the head honchos of some of the biggest companies out there, read the whole article, this one is a doozy.

Obama to Meet With Executives – NYTimes.com:

President Obama will host a roundtable with about 20 corporate chiefs on Wednesday, according to the White House, part of an attempt to ease strained relations with business.

Expected for the session at the Blair House, across the street from the White House, are executives from a range of industries, including American Express, Cisco Systems, Dow Chemical, Google, Motorola, Intel, UPS and PepsiCo, according to people involved in the planning. But the White House said it would not divulge attendees until the meeting.

With the mood for the meeting already lightened by his recent announcements of a trade deal with South Korea and a compromise on tax cuts with Congressional Republicans, Mr. Obama and the executives will discuss a variety of issues, said Jen Psaki, the White House deputy director of communications. Among the topics will be deficit reduction, an overhaul of the tax code, government regulation, export promotion, public-private investments in areas like technology and clean energy, and efforts to improve education and job skills, Ms. Psaki said.

“The biggest challenge we face moving forward is not competition between Democrats and Republicans,” Ms. Psaki said, “but in making sure we are preparing the next generation to compete globally. The working session is an opportunity for the president to continue building strong partnerships in the business community toward that goal.”

Obama is meeting with these hot shots as “an attempt to ease strained relations with business.” Huh? Hasn’t their golden boy attended to every request these contributors of big money have had? Oops, I am sorry, Obama has bent over backwards for the big money banks and the big money insurance companies…. I guess big business is next.

Do these real large corporations hire additional people as they become more profitable?  Don’t they outsource a lot of their jobs to countries that have lower wages? Do they look to see where they can make the “cuts” to have that larger profit margin. I wonder if any of these companies are on the list of waivers to exempt Health Care Coverage for their employees.  Unless most of those employees are of the outsourced variety.  And what about the topics of discussion: tax code, government regulation…yada, yada, yada. Yup, I can already guess what will come out of this meeting on Wednesday.

Reading more on the tax deal, David Dayen has this to say:

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Gunning for Austerity | FDL News Desk

That’s an incoming member of the House leadership, Kristi Noem (R-SD), encouraging the tax cut deal, but quickly pivoting to the urgent need to slash spending.

While stopping all the tax hikes would be a good first step, this alone won’t eliminate the job-killing uncertainty hanging over our employers and entrepreneurs. That’s why we need to focus on cutting spending and reducing the size of government.

Some would look at this as ridiculous. After all, Noem just endorsed a tax cut bill which would add $893 billion to the deficit over five years. And she dares to lecture about fiscal conservatism?

But if consistency is not the strong suit of conservatives, it doesn’t mean that it will be met with laughter on either side of the political aisle. This is the gambit that Republicans have worked for a generation – make taxes so low and deficits so burdensome that pressure builds to slash spending. They claim that tax cuts shouldn’t be counted as part of the deficit but that any spending must be offset or eliminated. It doesn’t have to make sense. Because it’s working.

Americans should prepare themselves for spending cuts by Congress next year, the chairmen of the House and Senate’s budget committees said Friday.

Both Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee, signaled that they’re preparing budgets that would seek cuts to government spending in order to address the deficit.

Conrad said he’d look to the recommendations by President Obama’s fiscal commission as a “starting point,” and then look to craft a budget that improves on those proposals […]

“We intend to do lots of spending cuts and lots of spending reforms as soon as we take over in January,” Ryan said. “The debt ceiling, obviously, is going to have to be increased if we’re not going to default, so the question is, what do we get in exchange for that, and what kind of fiscal controls?”

These are the two most important people in Washington in terms of what the next budget will look like and how the fight over the debt ceiling will play out. And both of them are gunning for federal spending across the board.

Someone tell me again how this tax cut deal will find reward in creating a “stimulus” by increasing aggregate demand. It’s completely clear that conservative Republicans (with a good deal of support from budget hawk Democrats) will try to create a crisis with the debt limit vote, and if only moderately successful there will use the fiscal year 2012 budget to cancel out whatever increase in demand comes from the tax cuts. And you have to ask yourself – what cuts will be more harmful? Marginal taxes on the rich, or the elimination of Head Start and TANF and dozens of other programs for the poor?

Bernie Sanders notwithstanding, I don’t see a whole lot of resistance to deficit mania in Washington, even after the deficit-busting tax cuts get passed.

The Republicans will do anything for the wealthier class, and repeatedly state that tax cuts can’t be considered a deficit because it is not real “spending.” I am sure there is something sarcastic I can compare this to, but I am distracted by the horrible “singing” coming from the TV…wow, Paul McCartney has really lost it.

I also wanted to note this, the GOP do not seem sensitive to the suffering of those first responders of Ground Zero: GOP blocks 9/11 first responders bill; ABC, CBS, and NBC ignore the story | Media Matters for America

The bill is officially known as the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 and is named after a first responder who died from a respiratory disease attributed to his rescue efforts on the morning of the Sept. 11 terror attack. The bill easily passed the House in September with a rare bout of bipartisan support. The bill’s backers expected passage in the Senate, as well.

But yesterday, every Republican senator voted against the bill. The action was part of the GOP’s obstructionist strategy of not allowing any senate action to proceed until the chamber votes on a bill that will continue to Bush era tax cuts, including those for the very wealthy.

The fact that the 9/-11-related legislation was defeated was news. Period. The fact that it was defeated as part of the larger Republican strategy to tie the Senate in knots made yesterday’s vote even more newsworthy.

Did you see the update on this story, the only show that did report on this was The Daily Show with John Stewart.

From the Minx’s Missing Link File:

This past week, Jim Morrison was pardoned by the soon to be ex-Florida Governor Crist. Crist Pardons Jim Morrison | Mother Jones

Morrison’s pardon was unanimously confirmed by a four-person state clemency panel. It’s not exactly clear what aroused Crist’s sudden passion for the deceased rock star; the governor basically said he started thinking about it a few years ago, at the urging of a Doors fan. But Crist shouldn’t expect any thank-yous from Morrison’s family: Whether the singer exposed himself or not, Patricia Kennealy Morrison, Morrison’s widow, told CNN Jim would have been pissed.

Easy like Sunday Morning Link of the week:

Since my major in college was Medieval History, those of us who study this dark and fascinating past are required to love Monty Python…although I must admit, I adored them long before I went to college. So today I bring you this interview from former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam as he reveals the surreal world of Monty Python art – CNN

Original Python and film director Terry Gilliam was responsible for the iconic animations that acted as buffers between sketches, as well as the opening credits of the TV series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” that ran from 1969 to 1974, as well as the Python films that would follow.

A bit further on in the article:

Describing his aesthetic for the Monty Python animations, Gilliam said: “Mine was just anything I could lay my hands on, that was free and cheap and that I could cut up and move around.”

“I used to always go down to the National Gallery (in London) when I was running out of ideas and I just wandered through and in fifteen minutes, I had a million ideas,” he said.

“Basically, I communicated with paintings, had a little dialogue with a painting, either taking the piss out of it or treating it with respect. Those things just intrigued me,” he continued.

It seems that Monty Python is releasing a new game on Facebook. Now I am not one to play those silly games on Facebook, but this will be one of those Silly Games I will have to partake in.

And my last link on recent news about Monty Python…proof that even Professors and Scholars can produce essays that delve into the deep crevasses of Monty Python’s brand of humor and analyze it in a very serious way. Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Madness with a Definite Method « Medievalists.net

So what are you finding interesting today? Give it up!


47 Comments on “Sunday Reads, and other things…”

  1. zaladonis says:

    Obama is meeting with these hot shots as “an attempt to ease strained relations with business.” Huh?

    I gaped at that, too.

    But that’s what Obama does, Minx. Tells lies so big that people think he can’t possibly be lying. It’s an old propaganda trick, I can’t remember who wrote about it, someone here might know.

    That’s what he’s doing with DADT and the tax “compromise.” He says he’s for one thing, takes action that’ll result in the opposite happening, and then actually claims victory and says there was no way it could’ve gone any other way. And all the little Obamabots cheer and repeat, “there was no way it could’ve gone any other way!”

    • Thursday's Child says:

      Mary Daly wrote of the Strategy of Biggest Lies.

    • paper doll says:

      I think the Nazi PR guy, Joseph Goebbels has a prior claim…

      “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

      Here’s another gem ….

      “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”

      Both are increaseingly timely

  2. cwaltz says:

    Well I’ve been following the Build American Bonds(BAB) thing so I was reading Avedon this AM. It seems the analogy of comparing states like California to Spain or Illinois to Ireland is pretty apt. While the federal government has the ability to run a negative deficit, a state does not have that luxury since it does not create it’s own currency. This is some pretty freakin scary stuff. I’m trying to figure out how allowing an economy actually larger than Spain (California is 8th and Spain is 9th)doesn’t cause massive ripples. Geez, I’m depressing the crap out of myself.

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    The biggest lies surrounding Obama is that this was “the One” who would change the complexion and the direction of this nation owing to his sterling character, remarkable intellect, and political instincts just by his sheer presence alone. What?

    For those of us who asked to see proof of any of this nonsense, the easiest way to knock off the doubt was to cry “racist” as the train rolled on to DC thoughout 2008 and found many of us thrown overboard in the process.

    So here we are, a scant two years later, our doubts upheld by the sheer incompetence of this “brilliant” man who is leading us further each day into the waiting and devouring arms of the GOP.

    The American public is so accustomed to being lied to every time politicians open their smary mouths that what once would have destroyed the liar has become the norm.

    We are living in a time of insanity whether we realize it or not. Come the next congress in 2011 we will be getting even larger doses and have no one to blame but ourselves for allowing the liars to succeed.

  4. zaladonis says:

    Love memeorandum. Clicked on a Dana Milbank piece, Obama finally stands his ground, and thought okay either Dana or I have lost our mind because that’s not at all the way I remember it. For instance:

    This is a hopeful sign that Obama has learned the lessons of the health-care debate, when he acceded too easily to the wishes of Hill Democrats, allowing them to slow the legislation and engage in a protracted debate on the public option. Months of delay gave Republicans time to make their case against “socialism” and prevented action on more pressing issues, such as job creation. Democrats paid for that with 63 seats.

    So I click back to memeorandum and see Krugman is listed beneath Milbank’s piece. Click into it and looky there, Paul calls him out on the same paragraph that made my eyes bug, in a blog post he calls Orwellian Centrism

    Um, that’s not what happened — and I followed the health care process closely. The debate over the public option wasn’t what slowed the legislation.

    Exactly. In fact there barely WAS a debate over the public option.

    But Krugman floats away from me for a bit:

    What did it was the many months Obama waited while Max Baucus tried to get bipartisan support, only to see the Republicans keep moving the goalposts; only when the White House finally concluded that Republican “moderates” weren’t negotiating in good faith did the thing finally get moving.

    Not sure I agree with what Krugman thinks the WH concluded that finally got it moving, but neither of us knows for sure so it’s only a quibble.

    The way he ends, though, is spot-on:

    So look at how the Village constructs its mythology. The real story, of pretend moderates stalling action by pretending to be persuadable, has been rewritten as a story of how those DF hippies got in the way, until the centrists saved the day.

    The worst of it is that I suspect Obama’s memory has gone down the same hole.

    .

  5. cwaltz says:

    Congratulations Barack Obama because after shafting your base in the back for the umpteen millionth time they appear to be getting sick enough of you to elect Mitt Romney as your replacement.

    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/12/12/obamas-support-slips-among-democrats-and-liberals-after-tax-dea/

    Someone find a clue booth for Obama to frequent. As lon as he’s going to be using the opposing party’s ideas then there is no reason to have him there.

    • paper doll says:

      Obama finally stands his ground

      When I saw this headline I knew it was about BO standing up for the wealthiest among us and Wall St…oh yeah THAT ground he will stand on.

      Now watch this drive .

      Dana, BO has been standing up and barking at his Dem base since forever… Name me one victory this group has gotten out of BO….it’s the traditional Dem principles that have been as abandoned as a boarded up snack bar on a forgotten highway.

      But Dana knows that…however saying so won’t pay his bills…being creative with spin, will

  6. glennmcgahee says:

    I’m actually watching the Sunday shows to see any mention of Bill Clinton’s presser last week and Obama’s walk-away. This Week just showed Bill but no Obama with Axlerod commenting. Huh?
    I loved your story of the cicadas. We’re from Tennessee and used to camp on an island in the middle of a like near our home. My family’s favorite memory was from a weekend when the cicadas, we call them “katydids”, came out while we were sleeping. They were so noisy and loud that we could not talk to each other. The kids, 4, 6, and 10 had never heard them or of them and were frightened. We made up a story that lasted all weekend, Katydid Island. It was about a family that went camping on an island in the middle of a lake in Tennessee and unknown to the family, the radiation from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory ( just down the highway), had radiated the Katydids into carnivorous, voracious killers and when they emerged after 16 years of hibernation, they began eating all the members of the unsuspecting family one by one. Only the dog and the 4 year old escaped by driving the boat to the middle of the lake since Katydids were extremely afraid of water. It was necessary for the 4 year old and dog to survive if we were to stay the rest of the weekend. That story still gets told at family gatherings. The 4 year old has really embellished it further since he survived and is now married with children. We haven’t been back to the island in a long time as a family but the next 16 years is approaching and we plan a visit so stay tuned….
    Thanks for the reminder.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Glenn, I am so glad you commented! Yes, we call them Katydids too. I just thought I would use the term cicadas so people would know what I was talking about. That is funny, the thought of radioactive Katydids.

  7. RalphB says:

    Swedes aren’t nice enough?

    STOCKHOLM — One man was killed and two other people were injured when two explosions hit the heart of Stockholm’s city-center shopping district on Saturday evening, the police in the Swedish capital said. The country’s foreign minister called the blasts a terrorist attack, and an e-mail to news organizations minutes before the blasts seemed to link them to anger over anti-Islamic cartoons and the war in Afghanistan.

    A terrorist attack on Stockholm because of cartoons. Care to defend that?

  8. glennmcgahee says:

    Axlerod must have said these tax cuts are temporary 3or 4 times. Yea, thats what they said when passed the first time. Did they help the economy then? What aboutr the foreclosure crisis, jobs, etc. As for the upcoming business executive summit at the Blair House. Whats the CEO’s gonna do for us? I think its all about what they’re gonna do for Obama.

  9. cwaltz says:

    From the Dept. of “you’ve got to be kidding”

    Did you know that Obamacare discriminates against men?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/dailycaller/20101210/pl_dailycaller/doesobamacarediscriminateagainstmen

    Well Gol-ly I sure am lucky that everything besides my reproductive health is covered.

    • Woman Voter says:

      I just watched Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz, where a guest (reporter) said Elizabeth Edwards remained married (couldn’t get a divorce) because she would have lost her Health Insurance!!! 😯 I just about threw up, because that is one thing I am thankful for, in going through my divorce, that I decided to keep my Health Coverage within my control via my group policy and not in a spouse’s control.

      Well, I had for the 75% of the time provided the family coverage, but I realize now that women are especially in a vulnerable position and that Health Care should be a RIGHT of every citizen and it gives me more fight, to continue arguing for the Public Option when Elizabeth Edwards couldn’t finalize her divorce because of termination of coverage.

      So, Elizabeth Edwards, knew the full impact of Health Care Reform and knew that it fell short and knew first hand the impact lack of Health Care meant, in more ways than one.

      “Fourteen thousand Americans loose their Health Insurance every day..61% of bankruptcies are being caused by medical costs, 50% of home foreclosures…” .
      Sick & Broke: Elizabeth Edwards on Health Care Policy

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      @ cwaltz I bet Viagra is covered!

    • NW Luna says:

      “if you do a search in the health care bill there is not one mention of ‘prostate’ and are over 40 mentions of ‘breast’ and men are tax payers, they should get equal health treatment, Roth told The Daily Caller.”

      Guy conveniently forgets that the death rate for breast cancer is tremendously higher than for prostate cancer.

  10. Fannie says:

    Mink ———loved your bird story, since I too raised various birds. My favorite was Yo Paul, a grand old turkey, who would play football with my kids.

    This year it’s Christmas for the Birds here………..tree is filled with bird houses, and birds and pine cones, and feathers, and lots of snow. And the cards read “May the gentle beauty of nature brighten your holidays”

    I buy seed 50lbs a shot…………they eat pretty good here.

  11. bostonboomer says:

    Great roundup, MM. I love the guinea hen story! Was your husband heartbroken when your mom got rid of them?

  12. Pat Johnson says:

    For those of us awash in the “sentiment of the season” a reminder to tune into “60 Minutes” tonight as John Boehner is unleashing those tears once again.

    • Woman Voter says:

      Thankfully we didn’t have Donohue arguing against the Sistine Chapel because as this link shows, the image is full frontal by Donohue’s standards…but then again, as a kid, I thought they were angels, but I wasn’t looking for smut, just looking at art.

      Most people may not know, but for sketching, to gain, full insight you sketch a real life model and you meet them and great them before and after. The models are most gracious and come and look at your work and comment and see their modeling as helping to progress the arts. Thus, my favorite comment, on the Sistine Chapel is, ‘Appreciation of the Arts in all its GLORY’!
      http://tiny.cc/ccdwn

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        My mom had a model one time who had enormous hemorrhoids, that would move when she moved….

        • Woman Voter says:

          You are too funny! Yup, the models aren’t too perfection, real life people are that way too. I recently saw a photo of a movie star that had been clipped and it looked horrid. Real life people have their beauty with the uniqueness of life on their faces (the lines of life’s journey).

          • Minkoff Minx says:

            Well, that particular model was chosen for her special “condition.” My mother says the Professor who taught the class always got models that had “something” strange about them.

    • Woman Voter says:

      Oh, as most of you know, I am not an OUT THERE person (hip), but I do know art and do appreciate artists and their work and their message.
      Donohue would have no doubt argued against this ICON: Polish Black Madonna
      http://tiny.cc/tasai

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Thanks for this link BB!

  13. Woman Voter says:

    dredeyedick Dave Manchester
    What is the extent of Senator Joe Lieberman’s relationship to #Wikileaks? Can he prove he was not the anonymous Leaker behind #Cablegate?

    This tweet actually made me laugh. Causes one do a, Hemmmm….

  14. dakinikat says:

    Congrats Minx!!! … you got your first right winger screed complaining about your post on his vanity blog … check the second pingback I threw in the trash, WTG! That means you made good points!!

  15. NW Luna says:

    Oh, I love seeing yet another of our local Obot journalist guys quit the Kool-Aid:

    We Take You Now to the White House: One sure sign you might be a weak, irrelevant capitulator: You have to call a news conference to vehemently deny that you’re a weak, irrelevant capitulator.

    All Hail the Cortisone King: At said news conference, President Obama, D-GOP, dissed critics in his own party as “sanctimonious” purists, and said the world soon shall see that he’s “itching for a fight on a whole range of issues.” Dude, the time to start scratching may already have come and gone.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/text/2013649670.html

    I especially like the “Obama, D-GOP” part.

  16. NW Luna says:

    A better graphic of what we got stuck with and what the R’s will gulp up in the “compromise.” It has the SS payroll tax cut on the R’s side. But still has the energy and expensing bailouts on our side.

    https://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/obamas-deal-in-a-graphic/

    • dakinikat says:

      I don’t consider those to be a deal. They’re subsidies to businesses that don’t need it. The only industries close to full utilization are mining and the utilities industries and they can’t use those and won’t recapitalize because it costs too much. Totally ridiculous things!

  17. Minkoff Minx says:

    Sound of Sunday: Most intriguing quotes – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs

    A few choice bits:

    On whether a Democrat will challenge Obama in 2012:
    “I can’t predict. Obviously anybody can file for an office, but I see strong support among Democrats for this president. They understand that he’s fighting hard, trying hard to move this country forward. They understand what we’ve accomplished already. The biggest lament I hear from Democrats is, ‘You’ve done so much, how come people aren’t responding better?’ ” – Axelrod, “State of the Union”

    On the fate of the tax package President Obama negotiated with Republicans:
    “I think it’s quite possible the tax cut extension will be passed, but not with my vote, and that’s because there are two things that I look at with regard to this deal that the president has structured. One, does it saddle our children with debt and increase the deficit over the course of time, but more importantly, does it create jobs? What part creates jobs?” – Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, “State of the Union”

  18. Sima says:

    You’ve done so much, how come people aren’t responding better?

    After what they’ve done so far, good gods, don’t let them do any more! Please, no! Let’s all pray for gridlock in the new Congress.