Let’s Make a Mess

By |July 31st, 2011|

"I would say ... that symbolically, that agreement is moving us to the point where we are having the final interment of John Maynard Keynes," he said, referring to the British economist. "He normally died in 1946 but it appears we are going to put him to his final rest with this agreement." - Huffington [...]

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As Obama Grasps Austerity, the Rich Get Off and the Middle Class Pays

By |July 31st, 2011|

BREAKING: Reid bill fails in Senate. "Nothing is agreed to unless everything is agreed to." - Lawrence O'Donnell As deal rumors float above the swamp stench around Washington, based on McConnell's devious plan (I told you so), whether it's ABC or Major Garrett, the above O'Donnell quote is our foundation. That considered, from Garrett: [...]

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Buying Time for the White House, Reid Postpones Vote Until Sunday 1 pm

By |July 30th, 2011|

"Tell your henchman to stop saying nice things about me," McConnell, the Senate minority leader, told Reid earlier this week, according to people familiar with the conversation. "It hurts me." Even as he's sought to project immovable unity with House Speaker John Boehner, the prospects for an eleventh-hour deal rest largely on McConnell's shoulders. For [...]

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Progressive Notes: Conyers is Fed Up, Protests Against “Bargains,” Obama’s Growing Problem w/Left, Polls, and Other Happenings

By |July 30th, 2011|

Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston), and others rally against cuts on the backs of the poor and middle class at the Capitol this week. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op66HTJdf-U&feature=player_embedded Congressman Conyers (D-Mi) held a press conference with other progressives and laid into the GOP and Obama over this debt ceiling [...]

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Queer Talk: Tipping Point?

By |July 30th, 2011|

Joyce L. Arnold: Liberal, lesbian, Independent, equality activist, writer. Over a couple of days I suddenly saw the phrase "tipping point" show up, as related to progress toward LGBT equality. Not that it hasn't been used before, but it was interesting to see it several times in so short a period. In a press release, [...]

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Dash of Dan: Cinnamon Peach Scones

By |July 30th, 2011|

TM NOTE: Good Saturday morning and welcome Daniel! Get your favorite wake up drink and have a chat while thinking about how to treat yourself this weekend. Daniel's passion is baking, so I've asked him to share his delectables on the weekends to remind us all that the joys of cooking and the splendor of [...]

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This is the Best We’ve Got?

By |July 30th, 2011|

But the man who has occupied the Oval Office since January, 2009 is… — a man seemingly without a compass, a tactician who veers rightward one day and leftward the next, an inside-the Beltway dealmaker who doesn’t explain his comprises in light of larger goals. … But instead of explaining this to the American people, he joins the GOP in making a fetish of reducing the budget deficit, and enters into a hair-raising game of chicken with House Republicans over whether the debt ceiling will be raised. […] – Robert Reich Sen. Majority Leader Reid, Sens. Schumer and Durbin came out to a smattering of press to excoriate Sen. Mitch McConnell employing a filibuster that will have the Senate voting at 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning on the latest disaster bill to come out of the debt ceiling debacle. Sen. Reid made an open plea for Republicans to join Democrats, so a catastrophe can be averted. […]

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Obama’s Numbers Tank

By |July 29th, 2011|

The debt ceiling debacle is making everyone look rudderless and without any leadership game. The good news for Obama reelect is that the American people have the attention span of a newborn gnat. From Gallup: President Obama's job approval rating is at a new low, averaging 40% in July 26-28 Gallup Daily tracking. His prior [...]

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Two Parties = Too Few Choices

By |July 29th, 2011|

Joyce L. Arnold: Liberal, lesbian, Independent, equality activist, writer. When it comes to our two party political and governing systems and structures, we're way beyond "dysfunctional." With realization that challenges, from within and without the institutionalized two party system, face huge obstacles, I nevertheless think those efforts are not only worthwhile, but essential. And not [...]

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Obama: Keep those phone calls, emails and tweets comin’ into Congress.

By |July 29th, 2011|

**UPDATED** As Speaker Boehner pitifully massages a House bill into further irrelevance, after failing to heard the Tea Party anarchists to vote on his raising the debt ceiling bill, humiliating his speakership. Pres. Obama has his own problems, after criticism began mounting that he's been reduced to the sidelines. In an effort to [...]

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