August 1, 2014

Monday Open Thread: President Obama and World Leaders

Good morning Prag Obots!

This week we will look back at some of President Obama’s memorable meetings with world leaders.

On July 29, 2011, President Obama welcomed President Yayi of Benin, President Conde of Guinea, President Issoufou of Niger, and President Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire to the White House.  President Obama said the leaders represent expanding democracy in Africa, and the discussions also covered issues such as counter-terrorism and famine in East Africa.

The talks were closed to media coverage, but in a fairly lengthy statement translated into French, President Obama noted that all four men came to power through free and fair elections.

Calling democratic progress vital to a stable, prosperous and just Africa and critical to global stability, the president said each had shown persistence in the face of enormous challenges.

“Because of their fortitude and because of the determination of their people to live in democratic, free societies they have been able to arrive at a position of power that is supported by the legitimate will of their peoples and as such they can serve as effective models for the continent,” Obama said.

The president repeated a theme he sounded during his visit  to Africa in 2009, and in interactions with African leaders, that “this is a moment of great opportunity and significant progress” for the continent. He said all agreed that development “cannot keep on duplicating an approach that breeds dependence” but must embrace one that creates sustainability and greater capacity.

The talks also covered security issues.  President Obama said he expressed appreciation for assistance from African countries in battling terrorism that he said is “trying to get a foothold inside of Africa.”

Spreading famine and humanitarian crisis in East Africa also was a topic, including how the U.S. can work with countries to prevent things from getting worse.

President Obama noted that Niger’s President Issoufou had mentioned Obama’s upcoming 50th birthday. Obama used that to underscore another message he has sought to communicate to the people of Africa.

“When we think about the extraordinary progress that has been made, I think there is much that we can be proud of, but of course when we think about the last 50 years, we also have to recognize that there have been a lot of opportunities that have been missed,” he said.

The president said he believes the leaders in the room are “absolutely committed” to making sure that 50 years from now they can say they helped to turn the tide in their countries, establish strong democratic practices, and establish economic prosperity and security.

  • AxelFoley

    I love seeing PBO on the international stage.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Monday MornTin’ AxelFoley.. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      —***fist bump*** – — -His REPUTATION on the INTERNATIONAL SCENE –is PROLLY the HIGHEST of any other U.S. President. :>) -

      Good 2 C U AxelFoley. :>)

    • edp4bho

      As David Letterman once told him, ” I enjoy watching you work”. Of course, Letterman also joked he’d be a one-term president. PBO got the last laugh !!

      • isonprize

        True, but Letterman has a bit of a wacky sense of humor. He’s definitely a PBO supporter. I’m not exactly sure why, but I like Letterman. I like (though, I’m not sure;like’ is the right word) how he handled his mess, as well as his kudos to his medical team for saving his life.

        • dannie22

          Hey Ison! I never thanked you properly for working so hard to GOTV and win Pennsylvania. Thanks very much for all the hard work you put in!!! You did it!

          • isonprize

            Hey Dannie, and POU!!!

            Thanks, it was my pleasure!!! WE BROUGHT IT, BABY!!!! And the cool thing is there are still plenty of folks who are ready to STAY INVOLVED!!

            Crybaby Boehner anem ain’t really ready for us!!! LOLOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM♥ — – a couple of REAL FASTS: – –

    – — – -Ms SOLEDAD has SEVERAL RE -THUCKERS — IN A CORNER – - STAMMERIN’ annnnd – - -TONGUE-TIED ‘CAUSE they CAIN’T ANSWER a SIMPLE QUESTION – - -

    EXACTLY WHAT R the RE-THUGS WILLING 2 CUT!!?? — – - — –LOL! – - -Errr – - -Uhhh — -Ummm – -Seee – - –WAY-ELL etc, LOL – -

    IT’S A THING of BEAUTY! LOL! — –

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM, – — –REAL FAST #2: – - – -MORE PICS – - -Woo! Hoo! – - -

    – - -Kennedy Center Honors – -ENJOY! :>)

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Mornin’ POU!

    Homeless Man Is Grateful for Officer’s Gift of Boots. But He Again Is Barefoot.
    By MARC SANTORA and ALEX VADUKUL
    Published: December 2, 2012

    [...] Officer DePrimo was celebrated on front pages and morning talk shows, the Police Department came away with a burnished image and millions got a smile from a nice story.

    But what of the shoeless man?

    For days, his bare feet — blistered and battered — were well known. Yet precise details about him proved elusive.

    His name is Jeffrey Hillman, and on Sunday night, he was once again wandering the streets — this time on the Upper West Side — with no shoes.

    The $100 pair of boots that Officer DePrimo had bought for him at a Sketchers store on Nov. 14 were nowhere to be seen.

    “Those shoes are hidden. They are worth a lot of money,” Mr. Hillman said in an interview on Broadway in the 70s. “I could lose my life.”

    Mr. Hillman, 54, was by turns aggrieved, grateful and taken aback by all the attention that had come his way — even as he struggled to figure out what to do about it.

    “I was put on YouTube, I was put on everything without permission. What do I get?” he said. “This went around the world, and I want a piece of the pie.”

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/nyregion/barefoot-homeless-man-says-hes-grateful-for-boots.html?hp&_r=0

    • edp4bho

      Hhhmmmm. Morning POU. I’m saying nothing about those shoes, but there’s a whole lot of crazy in those streets, as we well know.

      • TyrenM

        Crazy or not, he out ta get paid for being “exploited.”

      • Worldwatcher7

        Just a guess, but before he can use those boots he’ll need hospitalization, psychiatrist visits, prescriptions for psychiatric medications, inpatient group treatment, a permanent slot in a group home, and long-term outpatient treatment. And then he’ll need to stay medication compliant.

        Then he can sport the boots.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – –GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ – ALEXANDER2/POU FAM♥ – - WOW&1/2! — – -THAT PIC annnd VIDEO R AMONG MY FAVS. :>) – - -POWERFUL BLACK MEN – -AROUND the WORLD –COMING 2-GETHER 2 SOLVE PROBLEMS annnd SHARE IDEAS !!:>) – -

    – - -THIS – - ->The president said he believes the leaders in the room are “absolutely committed” to making sure that 50 years from now they can say they helped to turn the tide in their countries, establish strong democratic practices, and establish economic prosperity and security.

    WE KNOW that they R – -PROUD –OF – –HIM! — :>)

    — -MR. PRESIDENT’S INTERNATIONAL CREDS have ALWAYS BEEN the HIGHEST. :>) – - -

    – - – -PEOPLE ALL OVA THE WORLD – -LOVE – — OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT♥

    - — – - -LOOKIN’ FORWARD 2 THIS SERIES! –ALEXANDER2 :>)— -ENERGY DRANKS —4 ALL! -ENJOY! :>)

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Obama Wants Debbie Wasserman Schultz To Remain DNC Chair
    Sahil Kapur 8:56 AM EST, Monday December 3, 2012

    President Obama will ask Democratic National Committee members to re-elect Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) as chairman when they meet in January, a top Democratic source confirms to TPM.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/obama-wants-debbie-wasserman-schultz-to-remain-dnc

    • TyrenM

      Hell Yeah! She did the damn thang. More Senators, Congressmen and women. Oh yes, sent Allen West home while helping bring back (for better or worse) Grayson. Huge electoral landslide. Sounds like a no-brainer.

    • Miranda

      She deserves to remain the Chair – she was awesome.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Monday MornTin’ Sepia – —***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – -**fist bump*** – -Woo! Hoo! – - -

      Once she “got ova SOS Hilary” – - -She was FIERCELY –FIRED UP 4 MR. PRESIDENT! :>)

      - – –Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Obama Was Able “To Turn The Economy Around” – -

      – –Best wishes! :>) —-

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Business owners warn against a fiscal cliff deal that sacrifices entitlements to save tax cuts
    By J.D. Harrison, Published: November 30 | Updated: Monday, December 3, 7:00 AM

    [...] “If I could talk to Congress, I would tell them to stay away from entitlements,” Mary Black, owner of a UPS franchise in Baton Rouge, La., said in an interview. “I’m willing to pay more taxes if that’s what’s needed to pull up the country, and my business would be okay. But cutting Medicare and Medicaid could have some really bad consequences for small businesses.”

    Without government-backed insurance, Black would no longer be in business. During the summer of 2010, her 71-year-old husband fell ill with pneumonia and was hospitalized for more than four weeks, much of it in an intensive care unit. He recovered, but not before the medical bills soared to more than $130,000.

    “Had it not been for Medicare, my business would have gone under,” Black said, noting that her business would have likely been the first thing sold to cover the expenses. “No question, I would have had to close the doors.”

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-small-business/business-owners-warn-against-a-fiscal-cliff-deal-that-sacrifices-entitlements-to-save-tax-cuts/2012/11/30/f28c91ea-3b12-11e2-a263-f0ebffed2f15_story.html

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    The New Pot Barons: Businessmen Bank on Marijuana
    Oct 22, 2012 1:00 AM EDT

    Pot use in the United States is rising sharply, and voters may make it fully legal in two states this fall. Smart businessmen are banking on that happening.

    Full dark in downtown Denver, and inside one of the twinkling high-rises that make the skyline, drug dealers are putting money into envelopes. They’re trying to be discreet. No one signed the security logbook in the lobby. All assume the room could be bugged. But if your image of the drug trade involves armed gangs or young men in parked cars, these dealers offer a surreal counterpoint. There’s a finance veteran, two children of the Ivy League, multiple lawyers, and the son of a police chief. At their side is a Pulitzer Prize–winning communications consultant, two state lobbyists, and a nationally known political operative. And the guest of honor: a state senator who likes the look of those envelopes being stuffed.

    What’s the maximum contribution?” one of the dealers asks. “Do you take cash?” wonders another. A third man breaks into a smile. “You better,” he says, eyebrows dancing, “because the banks don’t like doing business with us.” Laughter fills the room as the envelopes are passed forward and slipped into a briefcase. “Huge thank you, everyone,” the politician says, guiding the conversation back to the next legislative session and the kinds of legal changes this group would like to see. Here again, it’s not what you’d expect: there’s talk of a youth drug-abuse-prevention program and a bill to define “drugged” driving. When the politician finally rises to leave, after more than an hour, the dealers, in their pressed shirts and suit jackets, clap heartily. The average participant looks to be about 35, white and male, and on good terms with a barber. “Thank you,” the politician says, bowing slightly. “Thank you for what you do.”

    What they do is sell marijuana. And not on street corners. Colorado is the developed world’s only regulated for-profit cannabis market, and sales—to the 100,000 residents who have a thumbs up from their M.D.s—are closing in on $200 million this year, a sum that generates tens of millions of dollars in local, state, and federal taxes. (Yes, the IRS taxes marijuana operations, even as the Justice Department attempts to shut them down.) Colorado is not the world’s only experiment in free-market pot, but it’s the most sophisticated, pushing beyond the Netherlands’ confusing ban on wholesale and California’s hazy nonprofit status. Denver’s former city attorney has called it California “on steroids.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/10/21/will-pot-barons-cash-in-on-legalization.html

    • Worldwatcher7

      I don’t know what the writer of this piece intended. Should we be impressed by the players and this transaction? The whole exchange sounds grimy.

  • rikyrah

    December 1, 2012, 5:37 pm

    What Defines A Serious Deficit Proposal?

    Just a thought: if you follow the pundit discussion of matters fiscal, you get the definite impression that some kinds of deficit reduction are considered “serious”, while others are not. In particular, the Obama administration’s call for higher revenue through increased taxes on high incomes — which actually goes considerably beyond just letting the Bush tax cuts for the top end expire — gets treated with an unmistakable sneer in much political discussion, as if it were a trivial thing, more about staking out a populist position than it is about getting real on red ink.

    On the other hand, the idea of raising the age of Medicare eligibility gets very respectful treatment — now that’s serious.

    So I thought I’d look at the dollars and cents — and even I am somewhat shocked. Those tax hikes would raise $1.6 trillion over the next decade; according to the CBO, raising the Medicare age would save $113 billion in federal funds over the next decade.

    So, the non-serious proposal would reduce the deficit 14 times as much as the serious proposal.

    I guess we have to understand the definition of serious: a proposal is only serious if it punishes the poor and the middle class.

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/01/what-defines-a-serious-deficit-proposal/

  • rikyrah

    Class Wars of 2012

    By PAUL KRUGMAN

    Published: November 29, 2012

    On Election Day, The Boston Globe reported, Logan International Airport in Boston was running short of parking spaces. Not for cars — for private jets. Big donors were flooding into the city to attend Mitt Romney’s victory party.

    They were, it turned out, misinformed about political reality. But the disappointed plutocrats weren’t wrong about who was on their side. This was very much an election pitting the interests of the very rich against those of the middle class and the poor.

    And the Obama campaign won largely by disregarding the warnings of squeamish “centrists” and embracing that reality, stressing the class-war aspect of the confrontation. This ensured not only that President Obama won by huge margins among lower-income voters, but that those voters turned out in large numbers, sealing his victory.

    The important thing to understand now is that while the election is over, the class war isn’t. The same people who bet big on Mr. Romney, and lost, are now trying to win by stealth — in the name of fiscal responsibility — the ground they failed to gain in an open election.

    Before I get there, a word about the actual vote. Obviously, narrow economic self-interest doesn’t explain everything about how individuals, or even broad demographic groups, cast their ballots. Asian-Americans are a relatively affluent group, yet they went for President Obama by 3 to 1. Whites in Mississippi, on the other hand, aren’t especially well off, yet Mr. Obama received only 10 percent of their votes.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/opinion/krugman-class-wars-of-2012.html?

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – - -The OBAMA TEAM SAYS –KEEP UP the PRESSURE –
    as transmitted by — -”Ms. LaBLADE” —:>) – -

    – - – –Obama team urges supporters to pressure Congress on tax rates – -

    — –President Obama’s team on Sunday rallied supporters from the 2012 campaign, urging them to pressure Congress to extend only middle-class tax cuts, as deficit talks appeared to hit an impasse.

    “Right now, President Obama is asking you to think about what $2,000 a year means to you and your family — because Congress needs to hear it,” said Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for the president’s successful reelection bid, in an email.

    “President Obama is asking Congress to do the right thing and act before the New Year, but he needs our help. We’ve got a good track record here: When we make our voices heard and urge Congress to take action — whether it’s about health care, student loans, Wall Street reform, or “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — they listen,” Cutter added.

    – - -SNIP – —

    The White House is calling for extending the rates immediately for families making under $250,000 a year, while allowing rates to rise for the wealthy. Republicans, though, have called for extending all Bush-era rates across the board and believe the threat of tax rises could force Democrats to accept larger spending cuts or entitlement reforms in deficit talks.

    — -The Obama email asks supporters to share stories about the effect a tax hike would have on their finances and to ask friends and family to back the president’s push.
    THERE IS MORE

    – - -SPREAD da WORD –Movin’ FORWARD — –> —

  • rikyrah

    Geithner sets conditions for fiscal deal

    By Steve Benen

    Mon Dec 3, 2012 8:00 AM EST.

    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner appeared on several Sunday shows yesterday, and for the first time, made explicitly clear that higher rates on income above $250,000 is a precondition to any fiscal agreement.

    “There’s not going to be an agreement without rates going up,” Geithner said, reinforcing the fact that the White House sees no reason to give up on this central tenet of President Obama’s platform, which enjoys broad public support.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), of course, has a very different approach in mind. Here’s what he had to say on “Fox News Sunday.”

    “Listen, what is this difference where the money comes from? We put $800 billion worth of revenue, which is what he’s asking for, out of eliminating the top two tax rates. [...]

    “We’ve put the revenue on the table. And, again a dozen different ways to get there without raising tax rates.”

    And this, in a nutshell, is why talks aren’t going anywhere. The White House has a plan on the table, which includes $1.6 trillion in new revenue, relying largely on higher rates on income above $250,000. Congressional Republicans, by their own admission, have no plan, and a vague promise about being able to find $800 billion in new revenue without raising rates, by closing loopholes and ending some deductions.

    For those who take arithmetic seriously, the GOP approach borders on laughable. Indeed, Republicans refuse to put pen to paper, responding to requests by effectively saying they have a secret plan to collect $800 billion in new revenue. How? Where? So far, Boehner & Co. simply won’t to say. How reassuring.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/03/15641406-geithner-sets-conditions-for-fiscal-deal?lite

  • rikyrah

    GOP: if cuts aren’t ‘painful,’ they’re not ‘serious’
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Dec 3, 2012 8:40 AM EST.

    The debt-reduction plan President Obama put on the table last week includes several hundred billion in savings, on top of the cuts that the administration has already accepted in social-insurance programs. Republicans responded by saying the cuts aren’t “serious” enough.

    And why not? Because as Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) argued yesterday, “painful cuts … have to happen.”

    This matters insofar as policymakers seem to be having a debate over the qualitative nature of “cuts.” As Igor Volsky noted, the right seems to believes “serious” plans are ones that “directly reduce benefits or substantially increase out of pocket spending for seniors and poor Americans.”

    Quite right. If at-risk Americans aren’t adversely affected by the cuts, then GOP policymakers aren’t interested. As Corker seemed to suggest yesterday, “painful” = “serious.”

    Even putting aside the callousness of the argument, the larger Republican approach doesn’t stand up well to mathematical scrutiny, either.

    ——————————————————————————–

    As Paul Krugman explained over the weekend, the White House’s call for higher revenue through increased taxes on high incomes “gets treated with an unmistakable sneer,” while Republicans’ calls for raising the Medicare eligibility age “gets very respectful treatment.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/03/15642184-gop-if-cuts-arent-painful-theyre-not-serious?lite

    • jds09

      The notion of “painful” cuts fits nicely into the conservative world view of the white authoritarian father. Daddy needs to spank the moochers “for their own good.” Conservatives think they are doing the Lord’s work. Insane.

      • conlakappa

        Or it’s a different kind of spanking and they are trying to figure out the safe word. What?

        • nellcote

          The safe word is “election” but they’re ignoring it.

          • conlakappa

            Ha! I think the President should have a valet [t not silent] follow him to all meetings while holding the “what’s my name?!” photo of Ali standing over the knocked-out Liston.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 —-LOOKIN’ BACK on the – - “WORLD REACTION” – -2 MR. PRESIDENT’S 2nd ELECTION: – -:>) – –

    – - -Global candidate: President Barack Obama world’s clear choice

    - – He won, and the word “phew” trended worldwide on Twitter. Despite a hard-fought campaign in the United States, there was never any contest overseas.

    Gone are the days when President Barack Obama was seen as a youthful, messianic figure capable of magically curing the world’s woes. But he remains widely popular, and his triumph reassured many who feared an abrupt change in U.S. policy could spell trouble.

    Even Tom McGrath, president of Republicans Abroad France, conceded: “It’s clear that if they could vote, Europe would vote 80 percent for Obama.”

    – – - -SNIP – –

    But the list of countries with a strong Obama preference in the BBC survey were as diverse as Nigeria, Panama, South Korea, Germany and Brazil. – –THERE IS MORE

    – - – –INTERNATIONAL POWER!! – –Woo! Hoo! — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – — SI SPORTSMAN of the YEAR – - -LEBRON JAMES – –

    — –My Sportsman: LeBron James – –HE WON!! – -

    – - –LeBron James led the Miami Heat to the NBA title this season, securing the NBA Finals MVP award.

    MORE L8R. :>)

    – - -CONGRATULATIONS —”‘BRON” —-Woo! Hoo! :>)

    • TyrenM

      Tell “SportyJames,” here’s your dap.

    • MsKitty

      That loud sound you just heard was heads exploding all over the greater Cleveland area.

      • conlakappa

        Or idiots further burning him in effigy. That really didn’t sit well with me.

    • dannie22

      many of us in Cleveland still support him. very happy for him

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 —-Ummm – -”WHYCOME” the ISSUE of GUN CONTROL is being raised FOLLOWING this TRAGEDY [BELCHER-PERKINS] —

    – - -BUT NOT —4 THIS/THESE – MURDER(S)!!!!!!! – - –Arrrrrgggg!!! – –

    - – –#RacismInTheUS: White man kills black teen over loud music — -

    – —Florida is ground central for suspicious shootings of young black men. Just a few months after the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a teenager in central Florida has also been shot under suspicious circumstances. Michael David Dunn shot and killed Jordan Russell Davis, a student at Samuel W. Wolfson High School.

    The 17-year old was sitting in an SUV in a parking lot when Dunn came up and asked him to turn his music down. The two exchanged words, and that’s when Dunn shot at the young man eight or nine times, killing him in the process. His attorney says that the shooting was in self-defense. [--HAH!!!]

    – —I’m — -BEYOND – -OUTRAGED!! — -

  • rikyrah

    Three Big Whoppers Republicans Tell About the Fiscal Cliff

    By Rebecca Leber on Dec 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    After voters rejected Republican economic proposals, the GOP sought the appearance of “compromise” with the president on averting the so-called fiscal cliff. The gesture was strictly rhetorical, since their stance just restates the Romney/Ryan tax plan to disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans, coupled with steep cuts to entitlement programs for the middle class.

    On Fox News Sunday, House Speaker John Boehner summarized the three major myths Republicans have used in fiscal showdown negotiations:

    MYTH: Feigning shock at economic proposals that voters endorsed: Boehner said the White House’s initial outline to avert the so-called fiscal cliff was a complete surprise: “I was flabbergasted. I said you can’t be serious. I have never seen anything like it.” However, much of President Obama’s current proposal appeared in his 20-page plan, released in October, which has explicit mentions of tax cuts for the middle class, small business tax breaks, and entitlement savings. At the time, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)dismissed it as a “glossy” brochure, and “nothing but a rehash of the same failed ideas of the past four years.” Boehner and Hatch are pretending to encounter Obama’s economic plan for the first time, when it has been on the table well before he won reelection.

    MYTH: “We have laid it all out for them, a dozen ways to raise the revenue from the richest Americans.” Boehner claimed that Republicans have detailed their revenue counterplan to Obama’s proposal to allow Bush tax cuts to expire for the wealthiest 2 percent, while extending them for the middle class. On Sunday, pressed to provide details on their biggest proposal since the election, Boehner dodged answering. Rather than increase marginal tax rates on the richest Americans, Republicans back eliminating tax loopholes and entitlement cuts mirrored in Paul Ryan’s budget. The pitch is much like Mitt Romney’s, which attracted criticism for his lack of specificity on which loopholes could make up for lower tax rates for the wealthiest Americans.

    MYTH: Obama has “put $400 billion worth of unspecified cuts” on the table. Boehner claimed Obama’s “unserious proposal” lacks details on what entitlement savings he would put forward. But the details for Obama’s proposal for $400 billion in savings in Medicare and other social programs have existed for quite some time, in his FY 2013 budget released in February. It includes $600 billion in “reforms and savings, to our health care and other government programs,” without the dramatic restructuring that Republicans propose, as well as $1.6 trillion in revenue.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/12/02/1268771/big-whoppers-fiscal-cliff/?mobile=nc

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – — -CORPORATIONS HAVE PEOPLE with – -EXCESSIVE SALARIES!! – –

    – —Corporate Profits Hit Record High While Worker Wages Hit Record Low

    — –A constant conservative charge against President Obama is that he is inherently anti-business. However, businesses keep defying the storyline by making larger and larger profits, rebounding nicely out of the Great Recession.

    In the third quarter of this year, “corporate earnings were $1.75 trillion, up 18.6% from a year ago.” Corporations are currently making more as a percentage of the economy than they ever have since such records were kept. But at the same time, wages as a percentage of the economy are at an all-time low, as this chart shows. (The red line is corporate profits; the blue line is private sector wages.):

    — – –C da GRAPH!! —-DISGUSTING!!- –

    — -Meanwhile, workers are getting the short end of the stick. As CNN Money explained, “a separate government reading shows that total wages have now fallen to a record low of 43.5% of GDP. Until 1975, wages almost always accounted for at least half of GDP, and had been as high as 49% as recently as early 2001.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    – - -COMMENT: – –Natalie Sophie
    So wait Corporate profits are up, worker wages are down. Yet they don’t want to end the tax breaks for the top end of town and close tax loopholes for the rich… where’s the sense in that.

    Oh wait it’s the GOP… nothing they do makes sense to normal people anymore. As long as the money keeps rolling in they’re happy!

    – –GOTTA KEEP —-CALLIN’ ‘EM! OUT!! – - -

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKING: – –KATE MIDDLETON — -is PREGNANT. – -

    • gc

      I am THRILLED I am ecstatic I am ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzz…

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Monday MornTin’ gc. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – - -LOL – — -***shrug*** LOL – —-Wonder iff WE will get an “invite” 2 the “Baby Shower?” – - -LOL

        Good 2 C U gc. :>)

        • conlakappa

          I bet they’ll do a charity-donation thing like they did for their wedding. Care about them or not, they brought big money to charitable organizations including at least one in the States.

          • GreenLadyHere

            HEEY conlakappa. **BIG HUG** :>)

            – - -THANK U 4 the REMINDER. :>) — -

            It’s another piece of EVIDENCE of the

            IMPORTANCE of INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS annnd CONNECTIONS!! :>)

            MR. PRESIDENT is KEENLY AWARE of THIS :>) – –Which is “WHYCOME” he can — – -COMFORTABLY SIT with INTERNATIONAL HEADS. - -

            Now WHERE have we SEEN THIS – -2-DAY??

            – –***LOOKIN’ UPTHREAD!!*** :>)

            Good 2 C U conlakappa. :>)

      • Daltex82

        The American media can now go into baby countdown overdrive.

    • Town

      That’s good for her. I like her. She’s not as exciting or interesting as Diana but I think that’s a good thing. I hope everything goes well for her and William. Diana would be so happy to be a grandmother.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Monday MornTin’ Town. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        ***fist bump*** — –THIS – - ->Diana would be so happy to be a grandmother. – - -***tears*** annd **smiles***

        – - -Good 2 C U Town. :>)

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Awww! Little William is gonna be a daddy! Congrats and good luck to them! :-)

      • Miranda

        And with Pippa and Harry for an aunt and uncle, this child will have some FUN TIMES! They won’t be strict aunties and uncles! They will be the ones giving the child all kinds of sugary treats and buying the spoil toys! LOL

        • MsKitty

          And let them have a little taste at the family functions when no one’s looking. That’s why I have such a refined palate for the grape today (LOL).

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia – —***fist bump*** :>)

        An excitin’ time in the – -{UNITED} KINGDOM. :>) — –

    • MsKitty

      Good for them. Can’t imagine the pressure on her though to get pregnant, it’s like the countdown clock started on that as soon as they said “I do.”

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Monday MornTin’ MsKitty. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        – –***fit bump*** I KNOW –HUH?—- -:>)

        There was some concern of extreme”morning sickness”. – –

        Prayin’ 4 her well-bein’. :>)

        Good 2 C U – -MsKitty. :>)

      • conlakappa

        Just like with Japanese princesses, where they have been all up in the women’s business for several decades.

        • MsKitty

          Yep. Princess Masako (spell?) ended up being a hot mess because she wasn’t able to have a boy. And from what I’ve read over the years the Imperial House doesn’t have her back at all.

          • conlakappa

            Her mother-in-law had issues as well. She was mute for some years because the Empress Consort was giving her grief. It’s hell to be judged by your uterus for an ordinary woman but is made no better by having Lords Chamberlain and Royal Households putting on the pressure. I think Masako’s husband is stronger than his dad and does have his wife’s back, which is what spurred the law to be changed, I think, to allow girls to hold the throne.

          • Town

            Masako suffers from extreme depression because she gave up a promising career to become the Crown Princess and “failed” to birth a boy (as if she can generate Y chromosomes). They say her husband & mother in law are supportive of her (MIL “unnastands”) but the Imperial Family can’t stand her and she doesn’t do very many public appearances and hasn’t for many years. Sad.

    • rikyrah

      YEAH./….

      Hadn’t scrolled down this far.

      Hope she carries to term and that it’s healthy.

  • gc

    Was telling husband the other day about your brilliant choices for series. To limited anti-blah minds, one would ask about AA Series, they’d say “um, bb?” (that is a true storym BTW) And nothing is wrong with bb, but……….vintners, meetings with foreign dignitaries….

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Presidential Proclamation — Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2012

    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    [...] Because the continued growth and success of minority enterprises is essential to our economic recovery, my Administration has taken steps to help bolster these businesses. Through the Minority Business Development Agency, we are providing access to capital, consulting, contracts, and markets to minority entrepreneurs seeking to expand their businesses at home and overseas. We are also making it easier for business owners to find Federal resources with http://www.BusinessUSA.gov, a centralized, one-stop platform for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.

    As the number and size of minority-owned firms continue to expand, we must harness the diversity and power of these businesses to help strengthen our economy and put people back to work. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Minority Enterprise Development Week, let us honor the role America’s minority-owned businesses play in spurring our prosperity and recommit to equipping them with the tools for success in the 21st century.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 2 through December 8, 2012, as Minority Enterprise Development Week. I call upon all Americans to celebrate this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities to recognize the many contributions of our Nation’s minority enterprises.

    MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/30/presidential-proclamation-minority-enterprise-development-week-2012?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    UH, OH!

    rolandsmartin ‏@rolandsmartin
    The #BlackAgenda meeting was convened by @thereval @marcmorial @benjealous Melanie Campbell @coalitionbuildr

    rolandsmartin ‏@rolandsmartin
    I was told by a staffer of @RevJJackson Sr that he was not invited to today’s #BlackAgenda meeting in DC

    rolandsmartin ‏@rolandsmartin
    .@thereval just sent me an email saying @revjjackson was invited. I’ll be asking Rev Jackson’s team why they said he wasn’t #BlackAgenda

    • Miranda

      Now why is Roland starting mess! He know JJJ Sr. got family issues he is concerned with at this time!

      • rikyrah

        I know…

        my son….who could be on his way to jail….

        or a meeting…

        yes…which is more important?

      • GN

        srsly; and to be frank, the time in which leaders like Ben Jealous speak for a whole community is pretty much over. Not sure what some of those orgs do specifically for black people anymore anyway. (Rev Al excepted, of course)

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    They should’ve neva given ya’ll Twitter! => @RoyalFetus

    • Miranda

      _______________________________________WHY?!?!?

    • conlakappa

      Are there now contests of what the child’s seven names will be?! I remember that with Prince Harry but less so with William. Maybe it was because he was the spare so they had to in some way talk about him.

    • rikyrah

      I guess this means Kate and Wills are expecting

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Josh Rogin ‏@joshrogin
    Kerry introduces McCain at presser. McCain says, “Thank you very much Mr. Secretary.” Kerry turns beet red.

    Josh Rogin ‏@joshrogin
    Kerry quips back at McCain, “Thank you very much Mr. President… This is what happens when two losers get together.” Crowd laughs heartily

    • MsKitty

      Bet Gramps will think twice before the next time he does some passive aggressive shade.

      • conlakappa

        Oh, dang. Can you just imagine the forced, tight smile as he tried to suppress his anger? Clean up on Aisle 6; there are a bunch of blown gaskets.

    • Miranda

      HA! Kerry is not your friend McCain.

    • jds09

      I hope this shit is on tape.

      • rikyrah

        come on ….need that video.

        BWA HA HA HA AH HA

    • Kennymack1971

      Somebody’s face is cracked and on the ground. LMAO.

    • GN

      falls the f- out______________

      *dead*

    • Aquagranny911

      Dang!____________________muerte!

    • AxelFoley

      SHAAAAAAAADE

  • Miranda

    ICYMI

    Republicans Go To Obama School
    At Harvard, GOP staffers sit at Axelrod’s feet. “We weren’t even running in the same race.”

    CAMBRIDGE, MA — Demoralized Republicans arrived in Boston Wednesday night for a rare moment in American politics: They came to learn from Democrats.

    Barack Obama’s campaign schooled Mitt Romney’s in November, something of which the Republicans who gathered at the quadrennial, off-the-record Harvard Institute of Politics Campaign Managers Conference were intensely aware. And while the proceedings of the event are under embargo until the institute releases audio transcripts of the proceedings, some participants shared their reactions.

    “We got our butts kicked, so I’m going to school,” said the manager of one 2012 Republican presidential campaign on his way into the sessions on Thursday morning, held in a cozy university conference space.

    more here
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/republicans-go-to-obama-school

    • Worldwatcher7

      Ha ha ha.

      Ah hah ha ha.

      AH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH!

      OW! My side hurts…

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 — -HAH! — -He CONTINUES 2 – -GO DOWN!! – - –

    – - -Murdoch’s ‘The Daily’ to shut down – –

    – —-News Corp. announced today that ‘The Daily,’ the iPad-only paper Murdoch launced in Feb. 2011, will shut down this month.

    Jesse Angelo, the founding editor-in-chief of The Daily and ex-executive editor of The New York Post, will become publisher of the Post. “Technology and other assets from The Daily, including some staff, will be folded into The Post,” according to a News Corp. press release.

    “From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation. Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term.
    THERE Is MORE

    TRANSLATION: – –ON THAT PROJECT: — -WE R LOSERS!! – –Annnd PEOPLE R NO LONGER – –INTO US! HAH! –

    STILL waitin’ 4 HIM 2 —-GET —- GOT – - -on THIS side of the “pond.” –

  • Alma98

    Good morning pou peeps!

    • qosine

      Double sun! Alma + sun:)

      • Alma98

        Hey qosine! Have a great day!

  • Miranda

    Y’all betta get Kat Williams!

    Katt Williams Slaps Target Employee IN THE FACE [VIDEO]

    What did the 5 fingers say to the face? Ask the guy who got PIMP SLAPPED by Katt Williams.

    Katt wasn’t done after leading cops on a crazy three-wheeled chase through Sacramento on Sunday — because moments later, he hit up a Target … where he belted an employee IN THE FACE … and TMZ has footage of the face-to-hand contact.

    There’s no audio, so we can’t tell what the argument is about — but by the looks of the employee’s body language before the wallop (placing his hand on his chest) the guy wasn’t looking for a fight.
    Then out of nowhere Katt winds up and slaps him in the face — at which point the employee pulls out his phone and, according to an eye witness, he calls police.

    Video of the aftermath surfaced on the Internet this week, showing Katt making his getaway in an electric cart … before police arrive. We hate to say it, but it’s hilarious.

    Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/12/02/katt-williams-face-slap-target-video/#ixzz2E0qmClcT

    • isonprize

      Just say no. Katt. JUST SO NO.

      Damn shame, because I have CRIED laughing at some of Katt’s routines. When he’s on, he can be funny as hell. But this mess, THIS MESS RIGHT HERE?
      Somebody betta get Katt… f’real.

      • conlakappa

        Or at least prevent him from ever riding shotgun with LiLo. Can you imagine? Bonnie and Clyde gone even more not fresh.

    • Alma98

      SMH

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

      This ish is no longer funny. Katt needs to get some damn help before he killls himself.

  • creolechild

    Good afternoon POU!

    President Obama will hold a Twitter Q&A on taxes at 2 p.m. ET Monday.

    Good to see lots of folks on twitter speaking out on extending middle class tax cuts. I’ll answer some Qs on that at 2ET. Ask w/ #My2k –bo
    — The White House (@whitehouse) December 3, 2012

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/obama-to-answer-tax-questions-on-twitter

    H/T Pema Levy

    • Miranda

      The GOP ain’t ready for this. They are not ready for 21st century politicking the way its about to go.

  • creolechild

    Proceed with caution…

    Tumblr has confirmed that a post circulating across the blog network is infecting users with malware that automatically re-posts the offending post to users blogs, thereby infecting more users who visit those blogs.[....]

    Tumblr’s official Twitter account also warned users to say away from the network while the problem is being fixed. The source of the infection, as reported by Buzzfeed FWD, appears to be a post from the hacker/trolling group GNAA that reads as follows: [....]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/tumblr-confirms-malware-post-infecting-users

    H/T Carl Franzen

  • creolechild

    Oooops…

    McCain Once Offered Identical Assessment As Susan Rice On Benghazi Attack

    Just three days after the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said there were “demonstrations” at the U.S. diplomatic mission there and that the attackers “seized this opportunity to attack our consulate.” McCain also said during this Sept. 14 press conference on Capitol Hill that he wasn’t certain whether al-Qeada perpetrated the assault.

    Yet McCain has been leading smear campaign against U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice for essentially making the same assessment two days later on the Sept. 16 Sunday talks shows.[...]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/12/03/1270411/mccain-same-assessment-susan-rice-benghazi/

    H/T Ben Armbruster

  • Miranda

    This is incredibly frightening. Carbon monoxide monitors should be mandatory for schools.

    Ga. school evacuated, 48 people taken to hospitals

    ATLANTA (AP) — Potentially lethal carbon monoxide levels in an Atlanta elementary school sent 42 students and six adults to hospitals Monday amid the evacuation of about 500 students, authorities said.

    A teacher and a cafeteria worker were among patients treated after firefighters responded to Finch Elementary School shortly after 8 a.m., Atlanta fire Capt. Marian McDaniel told The Associated Press.

    Firefighters were initially told that people were unconscious at the school, but none were when fire crews arrived. All of the patients were conscious and alert as they were being taken to hospitals, McDaniel said.

    Video on WSB-TV showed rescue crews carrying young children strapped to gurneys with oxygen masks on their faces.

    more here
    http://news.yahoo.com/ga-school-evacuated-48-people-taken-hospitals-172658589.html

    • creolechild

      It doesn’t make sense that buildings with X number of apartments are required to install carbon monoxide monitors but schools aren’t. Why not?

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – –Gotta “bounce” 4 a “bit”. – -MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U – -IN MY ♥. C U as soon as. :>)

  • rikyrah

    One of the things about the pace of contemporary American politics is that it’s dangerously easy to get used to outrageous developments. That’s how I feel, anyway, about the post-Citizens United atmosphere for campaign finance, and the ability of super-donors to exert a degree of influence that would have embarrassed Mark Hanna.

    At HuffPost, Peter Stone has a piece on Sheldon Adelson that kind of illustrates this point. It seems Adelson’s then-preposterous claim early in the 2012 cycle that he’d spend $100 million personally to beat Barack Obama wasn’t so preposterous: he may have actually spent $150 million. We’ve all gotten used to Adelson and his eccentricities since it became obvious he was personally keeping Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign afloat long after it had reached its natural expiration date. But I encourage you to forget all preconceptions and just read Stone’s piece and ask yourself if Sheldon’s the sort of guy whose preoccupations—which Stone at least believes affected Mitt Romney’s policy positions and political strategy tangibly—are likely to have a healthy or unhealthy impact on his beneficiaries.

    Indeed, one of the good things about Adelson—his relatively high degree of transparency about his political donations and why he provides them—makes this issue kind of unavoidable. Adelson fears prosecution in connection with the overseas gambling business that has made him so insanely rich; he hates unions; and he is deeply committed to a particular political faction (and an important political journal) in a foreign country that receives crucial financial and military support from the United States. If you look at immensely rich political donors over the years, some have been politically very naive and essentially just like to be known as players and/or want access in case they ever need it; most others have been happy to identify with the party that represents their general interests. Adelson has very, very specific wants and needs, and particularly so long as there is an open Republican presidential nomination in the immediate future, he’s in a position personally to bankroll a candidate or two who is certain to pay attention to them.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_12/whatever_sheldon_wants041534.php

  • creolechild

    First Same-Sex Wedding Held In West Point Chapel |

    West Point graduate Brenda Sue Fulton married her partner Penelope Gnesin in the chapel at her alma mater, making them the first same-sex couple to legally wed in the U.S. Military Academy’s Cadet Chapel. None of the chaplains who preside in the chapel belong to denominations that allow them to bless same-sex marriages, so the ceremony was performed by a friend, Army Chaplain Col. J. Wesley Smith. When Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed, the Pentagon advised that use of military facilities would not discriminate based on sexual orientation so long as such use does not violate state or local laws. Fulton and Gnesin have been together for 17 years.

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/12/03/1271311/first-same-sex-wedding-held-in-west-point-chapel/

    H/T Zack Ford

    • goldenstar

      Huge. Thanks to PBO.

  • creolechild

    Walmart Ends Insurance For New Employees, Conservatives Blame Obamacare

    [....] First and foremost, let’s put blame for their decision where it should really be — on them. Walmart certainly has the resources to pay for health insurance for all their workers, even if they worked 10 hours a week. They pay extremely low (average yearly wages are just a touch over the federal poverty line) and purposely limit the number of full-time employees, further limiting costs while being able to report high numbers of employees.[....]

    Walmart is shifting the burden of providing medical insurance onto the federal government. They even reported that they were making it as a “business decision.” Not only that, but they’re not making it because of Obamacare; this move is preemptive, because it takes effect January of 2013, while the Affordable Care Act doesn’t take full effect until 2014.[....]Conservatives have proved once again that they are willing to make any talking point — no matter how false — if only to attack something progressive.

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/12/02/walmart-ends-insurance-for-new-employees-conservatives-blame-obamacare/

    H/T Justin Acuff

    • Miranda

      Ebenezer Scrooge micky-ficks

    • Aquagranny911

      I would crawl on ground glass to pay twice as much for something or do without before I would ever walk through the door of Walmart ever again. I haven’t been in their stores in nearly ten years & have not missed them one bit! THEY ARE EVIL!

      I have been giving people with limited means who live in rural areas a pass on having to shop at Walmart but NO MORE!

      Make do, do without, do what ever you can but don’t give those pendejos one more peso!!!

  • creolechild

    New York Times offers buyouts to 30 newsroom journalists

    The New York Times said Monday it was offering buyouts to 30 newsroom managers and other journalists as part of an ongoing cost-cutting drive in a difficult environment for the newspaper industry.[....] Employees will be given until January 24 to decide on accepting a severance package.[....] The cutbacks come less than a month after unionized newsroom employees ratified a new contract through 2016 which offers modest raises and a revamped pension, ending a deadlock of more than a year and a half.[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/12/03/new-york-times-offers-buyouts-to-30-newsroom-journalists/

    H/T Agence France-Presse

  • PBomb

    Hey I mean, he does have that country music fan base to cater to, since he failed at being a rap artist….

    Kid Rock To Obama: ‘No Hard Feelings’ Over Election Victory

    Kid Rock isn’t one to hold a grudge. The performer and Mitt Romney supporter was gracious in defeat when he ran into Barack Obama, whose reelection bid Rock vehemently opposed.

    “It always stinks to lose at anything in life,” Rock told CNN. “But the beautiful thing about it, you know, is that I love this country and I think both men do, so you cross your fingers and try to move forward and hope for the best. You respect the office of the president of the United States, and the great thing is that in four years, we’ll see what happens. It’s tough to stand up for something you believe in, especially in my business. It’s very easy to alienate a lot of fans and people, but if you don’t stand for something you stand for nothing.”

    Rock also said Obama greeted him with a smile, joking that he was “still here.” “I said, ‘No hard feelings’ and he remembered meeting my son when I played his inauguration, which was very special.”

    It’s Huff and Stuff… no need to link.

    Here’s another link to MSNBC’S story of it…

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50053319/ns/local_news-cincinnati_oh/t/kid-rock-obama-i-have-no-hard-feelings/#.ULz3hIaRD1Q

    • dannie22

      What President Obama care about a loser like kid rock?

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      I wonder how he explained his support of Racist Romney to his Black son?

    • Town

      TRANSLATION: PLEASE INVITE ME TO PERFORM AT YOUR INAUGURAL CONCERTS NEXT MONTH, I NEED A PAYING GIG & THE ROMNEY MONEY RAN OUT.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        That’s about it because you can bet money that his country music base will dry up guaranteed.

    • AxelFoley

      PBO to Kid Rock: “No hard feelings. Um, who are you again?”

  • creolechild

    Sabrina Joy Stevens! Well done, well done indeed…

    Watch: Teacher Infiltrates ALEC Education Meeting, Confronts Members

    At the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., on Friday, December 1, members of the Education Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council got an earful when education activist Sabrina Joy Stevens infiltrated their closed-door meeting to confront the ALEC members on their own turf.[....]

    H/T Sabrina Joy Stevens and Adele M. Stan

    • Alma98

      I see 2 or 3 black folks in that meeting selling out neighborhood schools. ALEC has decimated MPS you’d be hard pressed to find a neighborhood school here. I hate voucher schools I try to tell relatives they’re no better than public schools. But they don’t want to here it, I tell them that the goal of groups like this is to close down public schools. Something has to be done and I’m glad teachers like Miss Stevens are fighting back.

  • rikyrah

    December 03, 2012 11:39 AM
    Telling Old Folks the Truth

    By Ed Kilgore

    I think we’ve all come to realize that the biggest Republican dilemma during the fiscal talks—as it’s been under the surface for years now—how to reconcile the fundamental desire to undermine Medicare as a safety-net program with the GOP’s heavy reliance on older voters—and its associated habit of Mediscaring seniors with claims of trying to save them from horrible cuts to the program by Democrats.

    In an interesting if misleading piece for The Hill, Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck frame this as a choice between Romney’s and Ryan’s approach to Medicare—and suggest that the latter is beginning to prevail among congressional Republicans, buttressing the case for loud-and-proud advocacy of Medicare “reforms.”

    During the campaign, candidate Romney repeatedly hammered President Obama for cutting $716 billion from Medicare as part of his signature healthcare law. Romney pledged to repeal those cuts in a break from his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

    Ryan, the House Budget Committee Chairman, had preserved Obama’s Medicare cuts in two consecutive budget proposals that repealed the rest of the Affordable Care Act. Ryan is now back at work crafting his next budget, and Republicans on his committee say the $716 billion in Medicare cuts will likely survive….

    Romney’s rhetoric rankled some conservatives and supporters of Ryan’s more dramatic Medicare overhaul, who feared Romney was making it harder to make badly needed spending cuts in the future.


    …………………………………

    Now it’s entirely true that the problem with destroying Medicare’s original structure while protecting current beneficiaries is (as Jonathan Chait has pointed out) is that it eliminates most opportunities for short-range budget savings from Medicare. And that’s why Republicans want Democrats to be the ones to offer Medicare cuts that are more immediate than anything in the Ryan budget. But it’s not as though a brief bout of medagoguery by Romney is now giving way to Paul Ryan’s honest truth-telling to seniors. Pitting one group of entitlement beneficiaries against others has been part of the GOP game plan all along, and remains so today.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_12/telling_old_folks_the_truth041536.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+washingtonmonthly%2Frss+%28Political+Animal+at+Washington+Monthly%29

    • conlakappa

      I like the term “Mediscaring” and will try to work it into conversations!

  • rikyrah

    Weird Fear of Europe

    by BooMan
    Mon Dec 3rd, 2012 at 01:19:09 PM EST

    I haven’t documented it, but I got the distinct impression that the vast majority of right-wing commentators were in full agreement with Mitt Romney’s comments about the 47% and his explanation that he lost because the president gave “gifts” to his political base. I certainly noticed a lot of agreement in the comments sections of right-wing blogs. It seems to be almost an article of faith on the right that the Democratic Party is filled with “takers” and the Republican Party is filled with “makers.”
    There is also a strange obsession with Europe. Specifically, it seems to be desperately important to a lot of right-wingers that America not become more like European countries. Europe is supposed to be full of people who lack all initiative and have sunk into a horrible state of dependency. Part of what makes America great, and certainly better than France or Germany, is that we don’t pamper our poor by giving them “gifts.”

    Most of the people expressing these opinions have never been to France or Germany, or even Greece. Having traveled to Europe a few times, I can confirm that the people there have nice things. I usually wind up wondering why they have so many nice things compared to Americans. We can’t even agree to pay for grass seed for the National Mall.

    In any case, most of Europe is quite nice and they seem to be pretty good at business and commerce, too. They have their problems, but then so do we. I don’t consider the Democratic Party to be a “European” party, at least not a left-wing one. But, even if I did feel that way, I wouldn’t see it as any kind of threat to traditional America.

    But, I don’t have contempt for anyone who signs the back of a paycheck instead of the front.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/3/13199/2282

  • rikyrah

    Wankers of the Day: Politico and J.C. Watts

    by BooMan
    Mon Dec 3rd, 2012 at 09:31:39 AM EST

    This is really stupid even by Politico’s standards. J.C. Watts is not going to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee, and, if he does, he isn’t going to unseat Reince Priebus. The article should have never been written. And I don’t know what we need to do to convince Republicans that they won’t win any votes by placing minorities in token positions of responsibility. Maybe we could poll every minority in the country and find out if any of them would vote for the Republicans if J.C. Watts is their chairman.

    Remember, J.C. Watts’ father said, “A black man voting for the Republicans makes about as much sense as a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.” Except, the Republicans are so grateful to have even one black supporter that they’ll make it lucrative for you:

    Since leaving Capitol Hill a decade ago, Watts has formed J.C. Watts Companies, which including [sic] a lobbying shop representing clients like defense giant Lockheed Martin Corp. and energy producers. Watts also owns several John Deere farm equipment dealerships, and he frequently appears on TV to discuss the GOP and minority issues

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/3/93139/1408

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      C.R.E.A.M. is real.

    • conlakappa

      J.C. Watts couldn’t even make any friends on the Hill of people who wanted to claim him as their one black friend. Irrelevance, there is always room for one more.

    • conlakappa

      J.C. Watts couldn’t even make any friends on the Hill of people who wanted to claim him as their one black friend. Irrelevance, there is always room for one more.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2- – - MR. PRESIDENT RECOGNIZES annnd SUPPORTS the – –INTERNATIONAL THEME :>) — -

    — – Obama pays tribute to Kennedy Center honorees at White House reception– -

    – —President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Sunday paid tribute to this year’s Kennedy Center Honors award recipients, celebrating the art and music world talents at a White House reception.

    Speaking in the East Room, Obama lauded the honorees, comedian David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, actor Dustin Hoffman, blues guitarist Buddy Guy and the surviving members of rock group Led Zeppelin.

    “Tonight, we continue a tradition here at the White House by honoring some extraordinary people who have no business being on the same stage together,” the president jokingly told the honorees.

    Obama said their collective achievements spoke to “something that has always made this country great — the idea that here in America, more than any other place on Earth, we are free to follow our own passions, explore our own gifts, wherever they may lead us.”

    - – -In the VIDEO- – -he states that PEOPLE have – -COME HERE FROM MANY COUNTRIES! —:>) WE R- an- -INTERNATIONAL- –COUNTRY. :>)- –

  • rikyrah

    Boehner offers $4.6 trillion counter-proposal
    Posted by Lori Montgomery on December 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    House Republican leaders endorsed a far-reaching plan Monday to rein in the national debt that would raise $800 billion in new tax revenue, slice $600 billion from federal health programs and apply a stingier measure of inflation to Social Security benefits.

    In a letter to President Obama, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and other senior Republicans suggested that the framework, first laid out by Democrat Erskine Bowles during last year’s budget battles, should serve as a starting point for budget talks aimed at averting the year-end “fiscal cliff.”

    “With the fiscal cliff nearing, our priority remains finding a reasonable solution that can pass both the House and the Senate, and be signed into law in the next couple of weeks,” the letter says. “The best way to do this is by learning from and building on the bipartisan discussion that have occurred [earlier in] this Congress.”

    The framework serves as a counteroffer to the plan Obama put on the table last week, which was essentially a reprise of his most recent budget request. While both frameworks would reduce borrowing by more than $4 trillion over the next decade, Obama’s proposal would raise $1.6 trillion in fresh revenue — double the amount in the GOP plan — and produce only about $350 billion in savings from Medicaid and Medicare, the biggest drivers of future borrowing.

    Republicans were outraged by the president’s proposal, calling it a step backward on the path to compromise. On Monday, Boehner referred to it as the president’s “la-la land offer.” Senior GOP aides said the equivalent response would have been slapping the House Republican budget on the table, an austere document that cuts deeply into the social safety net and would cut tax collections further.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2012/12/03/694dbc1e-3d84-11e2-a2d9-822f58ac9fd5_story.html

    • aleth

      Twit everyone: GOP Plan raise medicare age and cut social security.

    • aleth

      Twit everyone: GOP Plan raise medicare age and cut social security.

    • conlakappa

      Slapping the R budget on the table or flapping it? There unserious attempts tend to be quite flimsy.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • rikyrah

    House GOP crafts ‘Doomsday Plan’

    By Steve Benen
    Mon Dec 3, 2012 3:22 PM EST.

    The House Republican line on taxes is pretty straightforward: unless President Obama agrees to extend lower tax rates on income above $250,000, the GOP will force higher tax rates on everyone. The problem, of course, is that everyone knows Republicans don’t really mean it.

    Unlike some of the other recent hostage standoffs, GOP officials don’t seem at all interested in pulling the metaphorical trigger. The challenge for House Republican lawmakers becomes one of how best to lose gracefully. Apparently, the “Doomsday Plan” is taking shape.

    …House Republicans would allow a vote on extending the Bush middle class tax cuts (the bill passed in August by the Senate) and offer the President nothing more: no extension of the debt ceiling, nothing on unemployment, nothing on closing loopholes. Congress would recess for the holidays and the president would face a big battle early in the year over the debt ceiling.

    Two senior Republican elected officials tell me this doomsday plan is becoming the most likely scenario…. Under one variation of this Doomsday Plan, House Republicans would allow a vote on extending only the middle class tax cuts and Republicans, to express disapproval at the failure to extend all tax cuts, would vote “present” on the bill, allowing it to pass entirely on Democratic votes.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/03/15649330-house-gop-crafts-doomsday-plan?lite

    • malletgirl02

      “Doomsday Plan”? is that like the dooms day plan in the movie “Dr. Strangelove”?

  • rikyrah

    House GOP crafts ‘Doomsday Plan’

    By Steve Benen
    Mon Dec 3, 2012 3:22 PM EST.

    The House Republican line on taxes is pretty straightforward: unless President Obama agrees to extend lower tax rates on income above $250,000, the GOP will force higher tax rates on everyone. The problem, of course, is that everyone knows Republicans don’t really mean it.

    Unlike some of the other recent hostage standoffs, GOP officials don’t seem at all interested in pulling the metaphorical trigger. The challenge for House Republican lawmakers becomes one of how best to lose gracefully. Apparently, the “Doomsday Plan” is taking shape.

    …House Republicans would allow a vote on extending the Bush middle class tax cuts (the bill passed in August by the Senate) and offer the President nothing more: no extension of the debt ceiling, nothing on unemployment, nothing on closing loopholes. Congress would recess for the holidays and the president would face a big battle early in the year over the debt ceiling.

    Two senior Republican elected officials tell me this doomsday plan is becoming the most likely scenario…. Under one variation of this Doomsday Plan, House Republicans would allow a vote on extending only the middle class tax cuts and Republicans, to express disapproval at the failure to extend all tax cuts, would vote “present” on the bill, allowing it to pass entirely on Democratic votes.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/03/15649330-house-gop-crafts-doomsday-plan?lite

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 12/03/2012
    John Boehner’s exit strategy
    By Greg Sargent

    It’s widely understood that John Boehner is in a very difficult spot. On the one hand he has to worry about the Tea Partyers in his caucus who don’t want him to compromise on extending just the middle class tax cuts (what they call “raising taxes”). On the other, Obama has far more political leverage here, and as Boehner knows, the GOP is likely to take the blame if middle class taxes go up on millions of people at the end of the year.

    But it’s worth noting that Boehner does have a way out. Think back to what happened when Boehner was in a similar position in the battle over the payroll tax cut — which led to Republicans capitulating. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one plays out just as that one did.

    Remember, Tea Partyers were adamant that Boehner not give in to extending the payroll tax cut. Boehner vowed darkly that Republicans would not cave. But as the deadline loomed, individual Republicans and GOP-aligned commentators began calling on the GOP to concede and regroup to fight another day, noting that Republicans had to recognize when the time had come to fold. As you’ll recall, the way it played was that Boehner was simply bowing to the inevitable. He had been forced by circumstances to capitulate. If he has paid a major price for doing that, I’m not aware of it — even conservatives acknowledged he had done the right thing politically for his party and his vulnerable members.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 12/03/2012
    John Boehner’s exit strategy
    By Greg Sargent

    It’s widely understood that John Boehner is in a very difficult spot. On the one hand he has to worry about the Tea Partyers in his caucus who don’t want him to compromise on extending just the middle class tax cuts (what they call “raising taxes”). On the other, Obama has far more political leverage here, and as Boehner knows, the GOP is likely to take the blame if middle class taxes go up on millions of people at the end of the year.

    But it’s worth noting that Boehner does have a way out. Think back to what happened when Boehner was in a similar position in the battle over the payroll tax cut — which led to Republicans capitulating. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one plays out just as that one did.

    Remember, Tea Partyers were adamant that Boehner not give in to extending the payroll tax cut. Boehner vowed darkly that Republicans would not cave. But as the deadline loomed, individual Republicans and GOP-aligned commentators began calling on the GOP to concede and regroup to fight another day, noting that Republicans had to recognize when the time had come to fold. As you’ll recall, the way it played was that Boehner was simply bowing to the inevitable. He had been forced by circumstances to capitulate. If he has paid a major price for doing that, I’m not aware of it — even conservatives acknowledged he had done the right thing politically for his party and his vulnerable members.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line

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