Because it’s Friday and a little sanity is called for amidst the Democratic Party’s cratering to Republican economic models. It should make people understand why many progressive and Democratic activists and lawmakers have had it with Pres. Obama. Rank and file Democrats still support him, but then they don’t have the job of trying to legislate Democratic principles while the President saddles up to Republican economic models, except in campaign speeches.
Headline from the Daily Beast: Democrats’ Disgust With Obama.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, warned that the $38 billion in promised cutbacks would hurt the most vulnerable Americans. “We don’t have enough time to talk about the ways it violates our values,” he told The Daily Beast.
There is no more visible symbol of Democratic disgruntlement than the woman who was perhaps the president’s closest ally when she wielded the speaker’s gavel. When Nancy Pelosi voted against the budget measure Thursday, she did little to hide her anger with the White House over the fact that Obama, for the first time, had left her out of the negotiations on a major deal. Instead, he chose to work directly with Boehner and Reid to hammer out the compromise that each could take back to their caucuses for approval.
[...] “I have been very disappointed in the administration to the point where I’m embarrassed that I endorsed him,” one senior Democratic lawmaker said. “It’s so bad that some of us are thinking, is there some way we can replace him? How do you get rid of this guy?”
But this “hot mic” moment for Obama wasn’t bad.
“I said, ‘You want to repeal healthcare? Go at it. We’ll have that debate. You’re not going to be able to do that by nickel-and-diming me in the budget. You think we’re stupid?’”
Compliments of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, with a couple of screen captures from it below. Read. Discuss.
Progressive Caucus People’s Budget FY12 Memorandum
Eliminates National Deficit by 2021