4:16 pm September 23, 2010, by Jay
They don’t dare to vote to extend tax cuts for the middle class.
September 23rd, 20104:18 pm
Is there supposed to be a link, Jay?
September 23rd, 20104:19 pm
It’s amazing that the Democrats won’t take the chance to make a well-needed point — make the Republicans put up or shut up!! I wish someone would have the cajones to step up to the plate and ensure that the middle class is protected from the whims of the wealthy and the corporate barons!!
Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)
September 23rd, 20104:27 pm
Well, I knowed it all along, but glad Bookman come right out and said it. Anyhow, I never saw any writting after the headline and I figure the AJC shorted Bookman’s last paycheck. After having to make do with just a couple Bookman posts over the last couple days, I was also worried he’d died or something and maybe his widow or daughter was digging up spare stuff to throw on here to keep the pay coming. People wouldn’t hardly know the diffrence.
Have a good night everybody, and if anybody spots any haps laying around, be sure to give them to the librul Democrats.
September 23rd, 20104:30 pm
Of course they have no time for this. They probably never even wrote a bill big enough to jam full of pork and yet more onerous regulations on business.
Keep up the good fight!
September 23rd, 20104:31 pm
What are we…hapless or elites. Tea Mice? Did we give up after the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
Okay, let’s exercise some constitutional remedies here…..I am talking the right to representation, the right to make laws and ram them down the throats of the real americans who elected you and wanted you to change the course of American and take it back from the lunatic right.
September 23rd, 20104:36 pm
Specifically, Blue Dog/Conserva-Dems are hapless.
If the Republican Party ceased to exist (one can dream), then the next job would be to reduce the influence of these make-believe fiscal conservatives.
September 23rd, 20104:38 pm
Well, as Louis Renault said, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”
Where's My Party?
September 23rd, 20104:40 pm
Just further proof of what the number priority for the Democrat Party is. It’s not the economy, it’s not creating jobs, it’s not controlling spending….it’s getting re-elected.
September 23rd, 20104:45 pm
Right Party…… The rush to abandon past positions by those lousy politicians and notorious Dems…we can start with McCain and work our way east.
September 23rd, 20104:47 pm
“Instead of dealing with the big personal income tax question, Democrats may turn to less contentious issues. ”
Are the gays available to use as a punching bag for this election? Fvcking with their lives are always a way to energize an election. Good for Democrats and Republicans alike.
Where’s My Party?@4:40, You got that right.
September 23rd, 20104:53 pm
Where’s My Party?,
“Just further proof of what the number priority for the Democrat Party is….it’s getting re-elected.”
Yeah..the Republicans are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo very different than that….
September 23rd, 20105:00 pm
Redneck, you should have used the words “shiftless haps” in that last sentence since the term “Shiftless” seems to apply more than ever to a larger and larger group of people in this country. “Shiftless” in the historic sense means people who are not working for whatever reason. We currently have two groups of people in this country to whom this may apply: those that would work but can’t find a job and those who wouldn’t work even if they could because of their laziness and their dependence on government. Increasingly, thanks to the progressive/liberal “something for nothing” promises by politicians, the second kind are getting larger and larger in their number. And guess what? There aren’t enough taxpayers to pay for the promises.
And no, there isn’t a link and Bookman could just as well substitute his daughters collegiate liberal idealism for his own on this blog. I certainly find no fault with her because all of us who went to college went through that “anything goes/liberalistic” stage. The young are impressionistic and there is nothing wrong with that. The big difference is, some of us understood, once we entered the real world, that the “Alice in Wonderland” liberal political views presented by our professors were not “real” and they were unsustainable. Many professors were charlatans in that they themselves were protected from any jeopardy for their jobs that real society would inflict upon the rest of us and this was offered to them by “tenure”. Jay never escaped his collegiate days and his professors. I think this is because he is a journalism major and that particular degree alleviates one from operating in the real world, to a certain extent. Jay’s view certainly cannot be the same as say, a person who changes tires at the local service outlet.
September 23rd, 20105:01 pm
“The reality is, we are not going to pass what needs to be passed to change this, either in the Senate or in the House, before the election,” said the Senate’s assistant majority leader, Dick Durbin.’
And that is truly the reality…
What’s news here? Most politicians are cowards in their profession (Republican and Democrat).
They most often vote to stay in power.
“I think this is because he is a journalism major and that particular degree alleviates one from operating in the real world, to a certain extent. ”
Like Sarah Palin?
September 23rd, 20105:02 pm
“What’s news here? ”
I think Jay just wanted to put a bowl of milk overnight for us to feed on….
September 23rd, 20105:03 pm
If I had the power there would be set “Term Limits” and a senator or congressman would not be able to vote “obstained”.
Well, I’m not crying over spilled milk ………….
I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...
September 23rd, 20105:04 pm
Yet in America’s current predicament, there is ample reason for optimism. We’d like to think that the failure of Obama’s policies will discredit the bad economic ideas on which they’re based, that his incompetence will discredit the notion that the cognitive elite should run the lives of everyone else, and that the phony charges of racism will discredit the long-outdated assumption of white guilt, at last bringing America close to the ideal of a colorblind society.-Taranto, WSJ
Just like a said they would…
September 23rd, 20105:05 pm
You made sense in your 5:00pm post except for bringing Jay’s daughter into the discourse.
Goodbye House, Goodbye Senate
2012 can’t get here quick enough….
Republicans better live up to the hype or they can kiss their own arse goodbye too…
Hey, this is kind of neat.
Starting today you can leave “comments” on Luckovich’s cartoons.
Check it out !!
“Just further proof of what the number priority for the Democrat Party is.”
But you left out one itsy bitsy little thing.
Any guesses what it is?
(Hint, think Tweedledee and Tweedledum…)
September 23rd, 20105:07 pm
Big D :
I’m as conservative as can be but I hold little hope. As soon as they get in there they get “Potomac fever” or “Beltway-itis” and they hang on for dear life instead of doing what’s right.
“If I had the power there would be set “Term Limits””
I share the sentiment, but then I have the thought that. “isn’t an election really a term limit?”. Unfortunately that doesn’t match reality of lifetime Senators…some so old there can’t be any possible way they are cognizant.
September 23rd, 20105:08 pm
The key is to neuter any one party gov’t – regardless of party.
Hopefully, it can be achieved in Nov……..
September 23rd, 20105:09 pm
So, the claim, as bogus as it is, is that higher taxes (of a few percentage points) on the wealthiest (those with billions in profits annually) would somehow dramatically harm our currently fantastic unemployment rate of ten percent, during this period of historically lower than low taxation rates, by the way. Okay, so what if the four hundred wealthiest decide not to buy as many cars this year as they did last year. Is that really going to make a measurable difference. I don’t think so. If the Republicans had wanted permanent tax cuts, they should have been able to figure out a way, given their claims of superior education, to pull it off back in 2001 and 2003 instead of waiting until their cuts expire, as scheduled, and complain because the Democrats will not do their dirty work for them. Boo Hoo.
September 23rd, 20105:10 pm
Good. Let the changes die a natural death.
September 23rd, 2010
How many chances are you willing to give them? It will only get worse.
I hope they understand that this is the LAST straw for most of us…
The last time they were in power along with the totally inept idiots we have now has created the Tea Party mind set and there is no putting the genie back in the bottle.
SSShhhh…po ole widder woman has to make a livin…
“isn’t an election really a term limit?”.
Ask the folks in Venezuela who have an elected dictator.
September 23rd, 20105:12 pm
Just ONE …and then there will be a third party.
September 23rd, 20105:13 pm
…“isn’t an election really a term limit?”
Yes, and since the re-election rate is what—80-90%, those that are whinging about “term limits,” are just bitching about someone else’s congress critter.
It’s the career politicians that have been bringing this country down. School isn’t out on the Tea Party but if they can contribute something to breaking up the establishment in both parties, more power to them. Yes I do believe the time is long over due for term limitations in Congress. We need a continual flow of fresh perspectives and ideas unencumbered with playing party politics in order to remain in office.
September 23rd, 20105:14 pm
“So, the claim, as bogus as it is, is that higher taxes (of a few percentage points) on the wealthiest (those with billions in profits annually) would somehow dramatically harm our currently fantastic unemployment rate of ten percent”
Might want to do a bit of research on s-corps making 250k+. Taking money out of their pocket would definitely harm this fantastic economy.
September 23rd, 20105:16 pm
“are just bitching about someone else’s congress critter.”
Well, I’d certainly like the critter getter to get my two Senate varmits…
September 23rd, 20105:18 pm
I’ll be glad to peruse any research you have to offer, as long as it does not come from AEI or some place called Heartland or any place linked to the Koch brothers.
Whatever else I may think of the Tea Party, they’ve got the GOP and the Dems in a dither and that is a good thing IMHO…
September 23rd, 20105:19 pm
“Might want to do a bit of research on s-corps making 250k+. Taking money out of their pocket would definitely harm this fantastic economy”
As well a Orange Pekoe Brigade funding…
September 23rd, 20105:20 pm
“The key is to neuter any one party gov’t – regardless of party.”
md, I believe this is a complete fallacy.
We have had that very scenario numerous times in the past thirty years and I have seen no major improvement in effective governance. Things continue to get worse and worse for the working class American family, regardless of the “makeup’ in DC.
And the reason why, is that aside from silly wedge issues, there is no fundamental difference in the two parties whatsoever.
They both take their marching orders from the very same paymasters.
As evidenced by a Democrat – BHO – for the firs time in history outraising his GOP opponent in contributions from big business/Wall Street. They ain’t dumb and they know who they can control.
Everybody with an R or D after their name…
September 23rd, 20105:21 pm
“they’ve got the GOP and the Dems in a dither and that is a good thing IMHO…”
vs. their usual diddling….
September 23rd, 20105:22 pm
Make congressional duty like jury duty…
September 23rd, 20105:23 pm
Not to mention the comic relief!
If I’m not mistaken this is what Obama calls the status-quo.
But wasn’t it he and they (dems) who wanted to move beyond the…..
September 23rd, 20105:26 pm
All this talk about a one party state…what the hell are we? I can’t tell the difference between the “two” parties myself…
Extending $2.7 trillion of the cuts = OMG WE CAN’T AFFORD IT.
Extending $2 trillion of the cuts = no problemo, we can totally afford it!
Now that could prove to be quite interesting.
September 23rd, 20105:28 pm
“Not to mention the comic relief!”
That’s usually just for the hookers….
September 23rd, 20105:29 pm
“md, I believe this is a complete fallacy.”
And it very well may be, but I look back at the “forced compromise” during the Clinton years.
And, doubt seriously that pure ideological bills such as the hc monstrosity would stay in the draw where it belonged.
September 23rd, 20105:31 pm
They’ve had the Dem’s off balance for sometime trying to figure out a way to effectively discredit them and remove the threat. Now they have the blue blood beltway Republicans terrified that they’ll blow it up for the mid-term election gains in both chambers of Congress. It amazes me how the establishment elites in both parties put so little faith in the people.
September 23rd, 20105:34 pm
“It amazes me how the establishment elites in both parties put so little faith in the people.”
I don’t – ever gotten any of those “the people of wal-mart” e-mails???
The headline made me smile.
The story wiped it off.
September 23rd, 20105:35 pm
That was why I was so amused by the thread below…here indeed is the fabled American anti-elitism at work…that’s why so many Dems and Repubs alike are running scared, they’ve got a target on their collective elitist b*tts and know it…the longer this goes on, the more it smells of a jacquerie, and the Jacobins are in the wings…
September 23rd, 20105:37 pm
In my opinion, unless the Tea Party can come up with a cogent, comprehensive plan and dialogue and unless they can silence/distance themselves from the way too high percentage of birther, flat-earther, FAR right wing, reactionary nuts in their midst, they are gonna have about 15 minutes of fame.
At the expense of their GOP cousins…
The people of Wal-Mart e-mails! Sure I feel guilty, but only after I’ve had my Bette Middler “fried egg lady” roll!
September 23rd, 20105:40 pm
“…cogent, comprehensive plan and dialogue…?” Surely you jest…this is American politics (or any other nationality) we’re talking about here…
September 23rd, 20105:41 pm
Evidently so far I’ve been fortunate to not be on their email distribution list. I’ll check with my wife she like to go there.
September 23rd, 20105:43 pm
…unless they can silence/distance themselves from the way too high percentage of birther, flat-earther, FAR right wing, reactionary nuts in their midst, they are gonna have about 15 minutes of fame.
Not so sure about that brother AmVet. I see the Tea Partiers as no different from the Goldwater neo-cons, and while their message did resonate with some, it was never enough to garner a majority.
It’s why they had to get into bed with evangelicals.
If the orange pekoe crowd has to make the same coalition, just might as well call ‘em Republicans.
What does a hap look like, so I’ll know if I spot one?
Not only did Jay’s link not work for me, the headline’s got Roman numerals. Geez can’t we stick to Arabic, since Rome fell a couple milleniums ago, give or take?
The number one concern of any politician is preserving jobs. Unfortunately, the only one they care about is there own.
September 23rd, 20105:47 pm
Who would have thought that six weeks before a cliffhanger election, President Obama would have to reach down to the D list to fill a room to listen to him? Most of us low rollers arrived early to see President Obama up close and personal. Our tickets for the general reception at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York were only $100. Some thought the email invitation was a joke. Some bought tickets for $50 from their desperate Democratic committeeman. Some bought the same day.
The rest were “journalists” from the Urinal and Teamster Union members, just sayin…
September 23rd, 20105:49 pm
Them d*mned Arabic numerals…just one more place them Moooslims done took over…
September 23rd, 20105:51 pm
“Evidently so far I’ve been fortunate to not be on their email distribution list. I’ll check with my wife she like to go there.”
May actually be missing out on the “entertainment”. My daddy always said it takes all kinds to make the world go around, never knew they were all at Wal-mart. Some interesting pics in those e-mails.
September 23rd, 20105:54 pm
Don’t extend ANY tax cuts. Now isn’t the time to be giving tax cuts!
Here Del, wouldn’t want you to miss out…..
I’ll have to check into it. Have to go pick up my daughter. Y’all play nice now.
September 23rd, 20105:56 pm
Kam, you are probably right. The 15 minute metaphor is too little.
Yet their “agenda” seems to be almost exclusively based on reject this and repeal that.
But as for recommendations as what TO DO, I see very, very little.
The New Party of No?
September 23rd, 20105:58 pm
“Don’t extend ANY tax cuts. Now isn’t the time to be giving tax cuts!”
September 23rd, 20106:01 pm
Yeh, lets raise taxes in a recession – great recipe for disaster…..
September 23rd, 20106:02 pm
I caught that just before I was going to log off. I swear I saw a gal dressed just like that and there was another dressed about the same. There was this guy with them looking kind of like a pimp. This was last week at a Forsyth county Walmart. Thanks now I can tell my wife she can go to Wally World herself and I’ll stay home and watch all the fun on the Internet.
September 23rd, 20106:03 pm
“Yeh, lets raise taxes in a recession – great recipe for disaster”
Yeah…because lowering them has been SUCH big success.
Beat me to it, and you site is a LOT better….500 of ‘em, and they just keep coming…I think what I like most about them is that they are from all over this great land of ours…! Though I must admit, Florida and California do seem to have some of the, uh, more colorful!
September 23rd, 20106:09 pm
Now isn’t the time to extend cuts?
But it’s okay to keep on spending?
There’s a few hundred billion in stimupork bucks that could be cut -
September 23rd, 20106:12 pm
Oh, the Democrats did themselves in long before the issue of the tax cut extension came up. The Republicans played and abused them like a cheap fiddle. The entire prolonged health care bill issue became a farce. The Dems, instead of pushing legislation through, allowed Republican amendment after Republican delay to slow the process, knowing that the Republicans weren’t going to vote for the bill anyway. They allowed the Republicans plenty of time to gin up public opinion by use of all kinds of distortions, while ignoring those who wanted a simple public option or, failing that, a Medicare buy-in. They allowed a bought-and-paid-for conservative Democratic senator to corrupt the bill on behalf of his insurance company masters, while also putting on a very well televised show behind closed doors—after promising openness and transparency.
Harry Reid needs to be fired—now! He is a weak leader, a coward, without any sense of purpose. I don’t care right now if Sharon Angle beats him—Nevada will be replacing one crazy incompetent with another.
On top of all that, Nancy Pelosi handed a golden nugget to the Republicans by openly stating that passing the bill was more important than understanding it. She needs to go, too.
The Democrats were given a mandate to effect the change the majority of voters wanted. They catastrophically failed in just about every respect. Let them stay in the wilderness until they learn that governing is more important than whether a few opponents’ feelings get hurt.
Though not so much anymore, the very few times I have gone in a Walmart, it kind of creeped me out. Especially in the beginning of their Ming Dynasty.
I’d see all sorts of people agog over some POS Korean toaster for $19 or some Taiwanese TV for $69.
September 23rd, 20106:13 pm
Yesterday, on the Cubs blog, they actually had a discussion, as to who was the better clutch hitter, Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter, or a certain Cubs right fielder from Japan, whose name gets moderated here. How’d you like to be riding herd on that crowd, Jay?
“Yeah…because lowering them has been SUCH big success.”
Yeh, and that is the point – the economy sux with them, now you want to take them away and leave folks with even less money???? That makes no sense.
September 23rd, 20106:15 pm
“There’s a few hundred billion in stimupork bucks that could be cut -”
No pork? You one of them international zionist hoodlums or is you a Mooslim out to impose Sharia?
September 23rd, 20106:17 pm
Jo/Del – check out the lady on page 15 with her tatas tucked into her pants – now that is a first…….
September 23rd, 20106:19 pm
i caught that one! Whoo-whee! Just when you thought you’d seen it all!
HD, LOL about Fookadummie!
He’s good, but he’s no Ichiro! (A guaranteed first round HOFer, right?)
As for the other two, I have no idea, but I’d even throw Robinson Cano into the mix…
September 23rd, 20106:24 pm
I think the Cubs RF with the moderated name is just a solid player, who plays better in the first half, usually. Shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same breath with Ichiro. I once saw Ichiro get a base hit, on a pitch where he was totally fooled and off stride. Tony Gwynn ( a purty fair hitter in his own right) was a commentator. He just laughed and said, “You really can’t do that at the Major League level). Yeah if Ichiro isn’t first ballot HOF, who is?
September 23rd, 20106:27 pm
Tax cut. Tax Hike. I can’t see no difference. Is this dome working. Can anybody hear me. I wish Bush would give me my shoe phone back. Oh well, my number’s up. Gotta go.
You are out there man, far out there….I guess I need to cite my comments and ideas from my liberal college professors
September 23rd, 20106:30 pm
They have more fun.
September 23rd, 20106:33 pm
I had a Philosophy teacher give me a bad grade on an interpretation of an ancient work – when I asked why, he informed me it was because I didn’t interpret it like he did. I asked him how he knew and I didn’t since neither of us was there – he came back with essentially the “because” argument.
Knew then half my professors were winging it………
September 23rd, 20106:34 pm
The people of walmart have convinced me — food stamps are a bad idea.
September 23rd, 20106:36 pm
“now you want to take them away and leave folks with even less money???? That makes no sense.”
Well…it might depend. If we put the money towards paying off our national debt, the interest we WON’T be paying on that debt will be free to circulate through the economy. If the government has, ultimately, more money to spend rather than sending off-shore to cover interest on loans, then that would help pick up the economy. A different form of stimulus, if you will.
September 23rd, 20106:37 pm
Not to mention an in with the Jewish bankers!
I was doing some Holocaust research a few years ago and the fellow who had the information I was after was a banker in Zurich. I couldn’t really stay to long to chat since I had an appointment in Rome (GA) that I had to make..A friend happened to drop by as I was on the phone with the fellow in Zurich and I had to take a raincheck on his invitation to dinner…a few days later he was talking to a mutual friend of ours who is, well a bit of an anti-Semite and an anti-papist and who wanted to know what he had heard from me…”Well, the last time I saw him he was on the phone to a Jewish banker in Switzerland and on his way to Rome…”
September 23rd, 20106:38 pm
HD, he has never had a season WITHOUT 200 hits! Most guys are thrilled if they can do that a couple of times in their career. And of course, he broke the 84 year old MLB record with his 262 in 2004.
Babe Ruth never had more than 240 hits in a season. Ted Williams never did it. Not Stan Musial, not Pete Rose, not Wade Boggs or Tony Gwynn or Mickey Mantle.
One can only imagine what he would have done on a team other than the anemic Mariners…
Hey RW, if you’re out there!
Are you gonna razz on me if I say the Braves are now “clinging” to a playoff spot? (grin)
High unemployment is a good reason to raise taxes on the well heeled. The country needs the money and there are not enough REAL workers to pay.
September 23rd, 20106:39 pm
I tried being liberal one time but it didn’t work out. Setting Pi=3 really messed up some important calculations for some of my former students.
September 23rd, 20106:41 pm
**Knew then half my professors were winging it………**
That comment definately feeds into classic right wing cliches. We all have expreienced some “winging it” in I’d wager just about every profession. If more than half your professors were in fact “winging it” then I have some pity that you only received half a college education at some half arsed institution – that’s my interpretation
September 23rd, 20106:43 pm
jonix, I’m just thrilled that we own all the banks!
Now if only I could just find that rich uncle…
September 23rd, 20106:45 pm
“If the government has, ultimately, more money to spend rather than sending off-shore to cover interest on loans, then that would help pick up the economy.”
Yep, that ole gov’t has a grand track record of spending it better than we would…….
September 23rd, 20106:46 pm
mystery meat at 6:39, why then do you suppose thy don’t offer Conservative Arts degrees? LOL!
(And don’t even think of going here – The term liberal arts denotes a curriculum that imparts general knowledge and develops the student’s rational thought and intellectual capabilities, unlike the professional, vocational and technical curricula emphasizing specialization. The contemporary liberal arts comprise studying literature, languages, philosophy, history, mathematics, and science.)
September 23rd, 20106:47 pm
“Yep, that ole gov’t has a grand track record of spending it better than we would”
Spending is spending. In a weak economy it is spending that matters. Money is like a water, it flows around and the freer it flows the better for the economy.
I just wish somebody would tell me where that international cabal of Jewish bankers meet…I keep looking, but ain’t found them yet…all I keep running into are the International Marxists…
Left winger myself and have to agree with md on that one…perhaps it’s because my degrees are in the humanities…
September 23rd, 20106:49 pm
“If more than half your professors were in fact “winging it” then I have some pity that you only received half a college education at some half arsed institution – that’s my interpretation”
Well Mick, I’d say I got jipped even more considering more than half had their own ideology and certainly shared it. You know any schools out there where they keep it to themselves and just teach the subject??
I have no problem with presenting contrasting views, but when only one side is presented, the student loses.
And the school was a flagship Ga institution, so take that as you will.
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