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Sometimes, others say what you wanted to, but oh so much better than you could.  Here are some of those from today.

From Hunter, who dishes out the best smackdowns around (emphasis mine):

A very large chunk of our greatest-deliberative-body Democrats don’t want to pass healthcare reform, they want to kill it. Our leadership, frankly, doesn’t seem to give a rat’s ass either way, and all parties involved think we have the intelligence of doorstops, but I think what we would all really, really like most of all, in this ongoing and thoroughly asinine “debate”, is if this vaunted national leadership of ours would quit trying to blow smoke up our ass and tell us we’re hickory-smoked.

Fine, we get it, senators: you’re corporate whores, money-grubbing professional campaigners who don’t have the slightest interest in actually solving this problem. You seek any avenue to avoid the obvious, most cost-effective option, the one that will insure the most people and do the most to control costs, itself a mealy compromise offered to avoid plans that would work even better — but which none of the offending companies offering up their opinions and lobbyists for this debate would possibly tolerate.

I would add that they don’t have much, if any interest, in solving any problem that faces Americans.  The only problem they see: getting re-elected.


From math4barack, an admonition against the CorporateDem Blue Dogs, who only care about debt and deficits when their party proposes spending money.  Record debt was recorded under the last “administration” and they spoke nary a peep about it.  Republicans since St. Ronnie have deliberately run up the debt in the hope that programs created by Democrats and loved by the rest of America are cut from the budget.  The hypocritical Blue Dogs should switch parties and save everybody from the grief they cause.

From mcjoan, who provides an example of exactly what I just said:

Kent Conrad is leading an effort to force Nancy Pelosi to cede the power of Congress over budget and taxes to an independent commission that will be allowed to slash and potentially partially privatize Social Security and Medicare.

It looks like John Boehner isn’t the only Congressperson who isn’t as familiar with the Constitution as they should be.  What the frack is the Constitution for, anyway?  Does anybody remember learning about the Constitution in school?  It wasn’t really that hard to read nor understand.  Let’s take for instance just a random old snippet and see what it says, shall we?

Article I, Section 8: The Congress shall have power To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

Wait, wait, wait. I must have read that wrong.   Because I know that Sen. Conrad wouldn’t just hand off a Constitutionally-appointed power to a branch of the federal government to a group of unelected spending-haters.  And from Article I, no less.  That’s in the beginning of the paper, geniuses!  But wait, that’s not all.  What do you think Conrad would do if his demands weren’t met?  Cry in the corner with his thumb in his mouth?  Hardly.

Seven members of the Senate Budget Committee threatened during a Tuesday hearing to withhold their support for critical legislation to raise the debt ceiling if the bill calling for the creation of a bipartisan fiscal reform commission were not attached. Six others had previously made such threats, bringing the total to 13 senators drawing a hard line on the committee legislation.

Among [the panels] chief responsibilities would be closing the gap between tax revenue coming in and the larger cost of paying for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.  The panel would also have the power to craft legislation that would change the tax code and set limits on government spending.

Okay, once again – a commission cannot do the job that Congress was created to do.  So that’s idiotic, to say nothing of unconstitutional.

But if they don’t get their way, they’ll sabotage the debt ceiling legislation?  Are they freaking serious?!?!  Because here is what would happen: the U.S. federal government would default on its debt.  After that, the Great Recession we’re supposedly bottoming out in?  Yeah, that’ll look like nothing compared to what would happen if we defaulted on our debt.  The global economy would crash, harder than it did in the Great Depression.

Do it, Conrad.  I dare you.

Call their damn bluff, Rep. Pelosi.  Force them to explain to the country and their constituents why they want to cede the powers of Congress over to an unelected commission.  Force them to explain to the country and their constituents that they want to privatize Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid because they’re too cowardly to find a way to increase revenue.  For them to explain why they threatened to have the U.S. default on its debt if they don’t get their way.  Because when they run for re-election, we can find out what their constituents really think of their Senators.

This has got to be one of the stupidest ideas I’ve heard of the Senate coming up with.  The idea that Conrad is a “Democrat” is a damn joke.


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