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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Cruising the Web

This is a good first step - the GOP blocked a Democratic effort to give $250 to Social Security recipients to replace the money that they didn't get from having a COLA increase this year. Since inflation was so low, there was no need for a cost of living increase and The seniors got an extra-large bonus in 2009 because of a short-term spike in gas prices, but the Democrats weren't interested in letting a little reason like that stand in their way.

Michelle Malkin has more on how the extensions on unemployment benefits are affecting small businesses.

Noemie Emery is exactly right when she touts the benefits of a politician laboring for eight or more years in semi-obscurity before trying to break out and govern on the national stage. She uses both Obama and Palin as examples of promising politicians who were plucked too soon from their semi-obscurity into the media bright lights.

Poor Barack - for all his derogatory rhetoric, he keeps on continuing Bush-era policies.

John F. Cogan and John B. Taylor write today in the WSJ to explain why the Obama stimulus package of 2009 did not have the multiplier effect on the economy that our new Keynesians promised us.

Ah, Berkeley. It never seems to change in its animus to our country. Now the City Council wants to pass a resolution commending Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is thought to have leaked the documents to WikiLeaks. Instead of a meaningless, yet offensive resolution, why don't they put their money where their mouths are. WikiLeaks hasn't contributed to Manning's legal defense fund as they promised to. Perhaps the Berkeley taxpayers would like to pony up.

David Freddoso explains how politicians are scrambling to get their favored provisions to help their supporters inserted into the compromise tax deal. Harry Reid has a payoff to those big casino owners who helped fuel his Senate reelection. And just to show that the inclination is bipartisan, Charles Grassley wants to insert the subsidies for the ethanol that his Iowa supporters adore.

California legislators who have managed to turn the Golden State into the Bankrupt State now want to file suit against their own state in order to get a pay raise and benefits. Just what the California taxpayers need. Well, they voted for these jerks and now they're going to have to pay the piper.


Tacitus Voltaire said...

the GOP blocked a Democratic effort to give $250 to Social Security recipients to replace the money that they didn't get from having a COLA increase this year...

...Malkin points to the burden that extended unemployment benefits are putting on the states

this is how you tell the 40 million or so americans that receive social security and the 8 million or so americans who are out of work that the GOP doesn't give a whit about them

remember, the GOP, no matter what kind of fertilizer they feed you, are only interested in lower taxes for big business and wealthy people, less consumer protection for you, and, of course, pet projects for themselves

Tacitus Voltaire said...

Republican senators blocked Democratic legislation on Thursday that sought to provide medical care to rescue workers and residents of New York City who became ill as a result of breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke from ground zero.

$700 billion dollars to keep taxes on people like me low is the first priority for boehner and mcconnell, but a few billion for 9/11 heroes gets the back of the hand from the GOP

Freeven said...

The Noemie Emery link isn't working for me, but I'd make one huge distinction between the Palin and Obama resumes: Palin has been, and continues to be, vetted in a way that Obama never was. They both are short on experience, but she is a vastly better known quantity, even at this stage of her assumed campaign.

Rick Caird said...


What part of "pass the damn budget" and "pass the tax extension" first are so hard for you (and Reid) to comprehend? This should not have been a surprise to you or to good ol' Harry

John A said...

off topic -

A quote from -
TSA pats down ambassador
A TSA spokesman said diplomats were not exempt

So the TSA is claiming powers no other government agency, indeed no other government at all, does. A diplomatic-passport holder can quite literally commit murder in a host country and simply return home; if not popular this is the way of things for very good reasons. I suppose if she had a diplomatic pouch chaimed to her wrist the TSA would have searched that, too?

This is especially idiotic coming less than a week after another TSA spokesperson said that if a politician (e.g. Pelosi) showed up with an armed [Law Enforcement, presumably] escort the relatively run-of-the-mill politico would be waved through.

Pat Patterson said...

IOUs signed when there is no chance of repaying and then couched in moral language is not much of an argument but more the splutter of someone that doesn't know any better. And to hold certain groups as immune from the hardships the entire country is enduring is simply not fair or just.

Pat Patterson said...

It turns out that those responders actually are already covered both the the feds and the state of NY. This bill essentially took the entire obligation from NY and NYC to the federal government. Perhaps the complaining should be directed at Bloomberg and Albany for shirking their contracted obligations.

Tacitus Voltaire said...

Senate leaders released an agreement crafted by the White House and Republicans to sustain Bush-era tax rates through 2012, set the estate tax at the lowest rate in 80 years, extend jobless aid and cut payroll taxes by 2 percentage points.

The legislation would add $857 billion to the federal debt over 10 years, government analysts said.

well! it's so good to see that the influence of the tea party has led the republicans in congress to get right to work balancing the budget so we don't have to pass on debt to our grandchildren!

Rick Caird said...


".. set the estate tax at the lowest rate in 80 years...". That is just wrong. The estate tax is at 0 today. Which one of your left wing sources got that one wrong?

You seem to forget that even in this lame duck session, the Democrats control the House, Senate, and the Presidency. If you don't like what is happening, take it up with them.

Pat Patterson said...

An ambassador with diplomatic immunity is still under the same rules as anybody else. The may be stopped as either suspicion of committing a crime or as a material witness. They may not be held or charged with a crime. They may not board a plane without going through normal or even abnormal security arrangements so that the TSA is screening is not either unusual or in violation of the diplomatic immunity protocols.

Pat Patterson said...

Just in case anybody is wondering all that extra deficit spending was added by the Democrats in the Senate which was probably why TV, again, seems to play fast and loose with unattributed arguments to proved whatevery shakey point he is trying to make.

Tacitus Voltaire said...

gee, pat and rick, you guys are funny. i'm not sure how well your "i-can't-understand-simple-english-sentences" strategy is going to work for you, there. good luck with that!


Pat Patterson said...

It's easy to tell when TV has reached the extent of his ability to cut and paste and misinterpret that info because he simply gives up and takes his marble home. Plus maybe TV simply can't make up his mind in that he claimed that the Republicans blocked spending and then that they added to it by forcing poor Sen Harkin to take more ethanol subsidies.