I received an email from Barack Obama - well, his fundraising campaign - that cited "big things" as a subject and provided a link that had "begin_again" in the URL.
I didn't bother to read it. I have little money to spare - none, actually. The economy sucks; the recovery is slow. Much of this is do to a dual circumstance: the backbone of the GOP's efforts to undermine recovery, and the almost complete and utter failure of the Democrats and the President to effectively push back and expose those efforts as the crappy, un-patriotic shite that it is.
I wrote a response instead, and posted it as a note on Facebook that I shared as a status. (You can find the status here with a link to the note.) Feel free to share it via Twitter and/or FB.
I'm reprinting it below the fold for those of you who'd rather not venture there, and to give everyone the opportunity to comment.
Have at it...
There has been a lot of failure going on around us these days. Whether we are talking about political failures to come to real solutions that will actually solve many of the problems we see everyday, or we are talking about economic failure that is effecting nearly every American out there. Even a basic failure to communicate with a basic level of dignity that can lead to any of the possible solutions.
I watched President Obama's eulogy in Tuscon last night. I am not going to get very deep into any particular analysis of it beyond saying it was almost exactly the kind of statement that needed to be made from our leadership at this time.
I was, however, a little bit disturbed with the reactions of the crowds to the speech. This was a eulogy, not a campaign speech, and many seemed to be taken aback by the crowds' reactions.
It made me feel uncomfortable, at times, hearing people cheering at a eulogy for people that died. Not just cheering but with catcalls and an exuberance that was unsuitable for an solemn event of this type. And watching the speech I could not help but see some slight cringing by the President as some in the crowd reacted that way... Reacted, as some facebook friends put it, almost like they were spectators at a sporting match or watching a rock star on stage.
I know Bloggers are not the only ones that noticed it. CNN has some notes from some of their regular contributors:
I was just doing some internet strolling in the few minutes I have to spare today and came across this piece on the stunning differences between President Obama and Senator Bernie Sanders. The kind of differences that eliminate any false ideas of what really is the gray area of compromise and what is all show with no substance.
In case you missed this delinquent pomposity:
tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.comIn the final question of today's press conference, President Obama was asked by Jonathan Weisman of the Wall Street Journal how he would respond to Democrats who think he's compromised too much in agreeing on a two-year extension of all the Bush-era tax cuts -- even for the wealthiest Americans --
At least this time, instead of sending out his childish DLCer, Rham Emmanuelle, to call the left "fucking retards" and pretend it has nothing to do with him... He was honest enough to say it himslef. Probably the first time he has said something honest to the left given his crazy conservative policies that only a fringe right wing nut could love.
We hear you loud and clear, President Gimmick.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans to announce a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers later Monday morning in his latest move intended to demonstrate concern over sky-high deficit spending.
So...instead of actually doing something real about "sky-high deficit spending" (like pulling out of Afghanistan and Iraq ahead of schedule), we get a symbolic gesture that will reduce federal spending by less than 0.05 percent.
And with that symbolic gesture we witness President Obama's unfortunate alter-ego, President Gimmick. President Gimmick isn't serious about solving any of our problems, he's only serious about demonstrating his desire to solve our problems.
President Gimmick doesn't offer up plans designed to do anything, he only offers up plans designed to give him zingers for his 2012 debates.
If President Gimmick actually cared about governance, we'd have a comprehensive fiscal plan. Instead, we're getting cheap applauses lines. You think announcing a federal pay freeze represents toughness? Ha!
And now he has his zingers. Duck if you expected any progress in moving the nation forward.
Just trying to remember what the current Deficit Peacock and right wing concern troll, President Gimmick, would think about the kind of change Americans voted for compared to what he just called a great deal and pissed and moaned and whined at the left for not liking:
And there will be cat food flowing in the private sector soon, as well...
Instead of clawing back the pay of the criminal and incompetent financial elite that caused the world economic disaster... Obama is set to announce "austerity measures" for many of the victims of the biggest financial theft in history.
President Obama plans to announce a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers on Monday in his latest move intended to demonstrate concern over sky-high deficit spending.
The president’s proposal will effectively wipe out plans for a 1.4 percent across-the-board raise in 2011 for 2.1 million civilian federal government employees, including those working at the Defense Department, but the freeze would not affect the nation’s uniformed military personnel. The president has frozen the salaries of his own top White House staff members since taking office 22 months ago.
How Reaganasque of you, President Obama. From August 30th, 1985:
After watching President Obama and the Democratic party water down healthcare reform with the help of AHIP and seeing them get insurance corporations some serious corporate welfare, water down FineReg with the help of the Bankers that destroyed the world economy by propping them up with trillions of dollars worth of free money so they could keep on rolling in their bonus money and profits, I am finding it hard to see how this can possibly lead to anything good in any way, shape or form:
President Barack Obama is preparing new overtures to business that may start with a walk into the headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a retreat with corporate chief executive officers, according to people familiar with his plans.
The Obama administration has been at odds with the Chamber, which fought Obama’s health-care and financial regulatory overhauls and committed $75 million to political ads in the midterm congressional elections, mainly directed against Democrats. The CEO summit would be a way to address complaints from some executives the Democratic administration is anti- business.
Markos at Daily Kos hits the nail on the head with this one:
Mark Fiore has a recent animation up concerning how Obama has been reacting to the Republicans:
Fiore also has a newer animation up titled "Mad as Hell" talking about the people he is supposed to be reaching out to for bipartisan efforts. Open Thread, anyone?
And, yes, no doubt that Pork has more political pull across the spectrum than Sarah Palin does. But none of this should come as a surprise given that we already knew that Socialism is as popular as the Tea Party.
Just a quick picture from a Pew Research poll conducted from July 29 to August 1, of where the Republican party, the Tea Party and Sarah Palin have failed even more than Barack Obama in their messaging:
But that we are still having regardless of the party in power. This is truly the most disturbing aspect of the Obama administration and the Democratic party overall:
Obama’s top Terrorism adviser John Brennan recently suggested that there could be “dozens” of Americans who have been targeted for assassination, and Glenn Greenwald appeared on the Dylan Ratigan show today to discuss the implications.
Video of the interview below the fold:
You can read all about what is clearly a case insubordination that can and should be punished to the full extent of the UCMJ.. Yep, McChrystal apologized but that does not excuse the behavior. And some are sending out statements of support. NATO probably does not want to risk instability... Even Afghanistan's President Karzai has voiced continued support for McChrystal.
Afghanistan's president believes that U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal is the "best commander" of the nearly 9-year-old war and hopes that President Barack Obama doesn't decide to replace him, the Afghan leader's spokesman said Tuesday.
Consider this the greatest book endorsement ever.
I'm a big fan of CrooksandLiars.com, and when the book "Over the Cliff," How the Election of Barack Obama Drove the American Right Insane. was announced, I knew I would pick it up at the library as soon as I could.
But now that I have read the endorsement Rep Alan Grayson (Big D-FL08) just gave it, I want it more than ever.
Rep. Alan Grayson:
At their hugely popular website ‘Crooks and Liars,’ John Amato and David Neiwert have helped to expose the fact that there is no conservative party in America any more. They show that the right wingers are not conservatives, they are anarchists.
The only law the right wing believes in is the Law of the Jungle. No schools, no hospitals, no job programs, no nothing. Their idea of nirvana is Mogadishu. See it there, at ‘Crooks and Liars,’ and read it here.”
Only Alan Grayson can put something in perspective quite like that.
More below the fold
A cloture vote to end debate is on the schedule for Wednesday so barring any obstructionist tactics from any of the typical filiblusterers (not likely given the financial environment of chaos that still exists and Americans of all political stripes wanting this fixed) the law MIGHT be signed by President Obama as early as July 4th:
[update - CM!] Scratch this whole post, except for the last sentence, since Michelle Obama will not be there according to Bloomberg's revised story. I wonder why not? snickers...
Tonight, there will be a very odd ceremony featuring the First Lady and honoring one of President Obama's most ardent political enemies, David Koch. For those of you that are unaware, Koch has funded so many right wing political groups that it is hard to keep track of them all.
Bloomberg is reporting that the First Lady is expected to pay tribute to David Koch, the right-wing oil and manufacturing billionaire who bankrolled and founded Americans for Prosperity (AFP). With Koch’s funding, AFP has been the leading group orchestrating anti-Obama tea party protests. While Koch funds radical conservative causes, he will be honored tonight for his generous donations to the arts and his funding of the ballet theater:
Koch said he has given $500,000 a year in donations and millions more to help fund individual ballets. The ABT reported a deficit of about $882,000 in 2009 on a budget of $37 million. Koch gave a matching grant of $2.5 million for ABT’s $5 million production of “The Nutcracker,” which it will present in lieu of a fall season.
Last year, shortly before Koch-funded groups organized protests featuring signs comparing health reform to the Holocaust, Koch took credit for creating the right-wing tea party movement in a speech to his Americans for Prosperity Foundation.
I would not want to be trying to work out the details on this odd happening, though it might be fun to enjoy the back stage theatrics of it all... And you can expect to see a lot more on David Koch, Koch Industries and many of his fake grassroots campaigns coming your way very soon at ePluribus Media.