Friday Furies

The Remorse of Orestes - (Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

So the budget kabuki continues, and as, usual, when there is wrangling between Dems & GOP, it’s women’s rights that go on the chopping block.

Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that a deal on the amount of spending cuts had been agreed to and the only issue holding up an agreement was Republicans’ desire to scrap funds for Title X, which provides family planning services for women.

“Republicans want to shut down our nation’s government because they want to make it harder for women to get the health services they need,” Reid said. “And by the way, Title X does not include abortion. It’s illegal to use federal funds for abortion service. So anyone who says this debate is over abortion isn’t being truthful.”

just trust me, sweetie

The same old story, just like with the Health Insurance Bailout Bill and Stupakistan. So sorry, Planned Parent, but that’s what you get when you have this guy in charge –>

At this rate, by the time 2012 rolls around, women will be lucky if we’re still allowed to vote.

What annoys me most is that women’s rights get chopped for the sake of false solutions that address man-made disasters. Health care is a real disaster, created by greed and corruption and lack of regulation. So they come up with a fake solution to it that makes it worse, and to pass that travesty, they chop off benefits to women.

The government shutdown budget crisis is another man-made disaster. In the first place, the national debt is out of control because the government refuses to go back to the Clinton-era tax rates. I’ve read that 5% of America owns 50% of it’s wealth, and yet they are taxed less than they were when Big Dawg was in charge. In the second place, we don’t have a budget in place because the Dems refused to pass a budget before the elections last year, back when they controlled both the House & the Senate. Gah.

By the way, under the category of completele shamelessness after a creating a world-wide catastrophe, Transocean, the company that owned Deepwater Horizon and brought us the Gulf oil spill, just awarded its top executives bonuses for achieving the “best year in safety performance in our company’s history”. There’s a Win The Future moment for TEPCO to look forward to after it is done dumping radioactive seawater into the ocean. Actually, things look pretty rosy for TEPCO right now:

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501 JT), Asia’s largest utility, known as Tepco, soared by its daily limit of 80 yen, or 24 percent, to 420 yen. The company expects to boost generating capacity to 50 million kilowatts by Japan’s summer, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on its website. Separately, Tepco told reporters that it has found no unusual parameters for water level, pressure and other operations at the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at its Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant after an earthquake late yesterday.

Personally, I think it’s way past time to invoke the wrath of the furies on all of these guys.

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94 Responses to Friday Furies

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Well, let’s all dump garbage in Boehner’s yard ! That’ll show ’em ! /sarc

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/07/facebook-event-lets-dump-trash-at-boehners-pad/

  2. foxyladi14 says:

    what are we coming to as a nation.putting garbage on
    peoples lawns 👿

    • propertius says:

      Well, elections don’t work and lynching them is illegal. What else is left?

    • ORtreehugger says:

      I don’t consider any elected federal official a “people.” In fact, I believe they all should make minimum wage, even though their work is worth less than that.

    • Valissa says:

      Somehow this number seems low to me…

      Study: Congress Members Simply Taunting Each Other 27% of the Time http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/04/08/study-congress-members-simply-taunting-each-other-27-of-the-time/#ixzz1IxAeULGJ

      According to the Washington Post, the research team started with the most excellently named Grand Unified Theory of Congressmen, which states that there are three main ways a member of Congress will express himself or herself. The first is credit-claiming, as in, “See that bridge? I did that. Boom.” The second is position-taking, as in, “I am on this side of an issue, because only idiots, the worst and probably loneliest of people would ever take another stance.” And the third is advertising, as in, “What smells so good in this swing district? Oh right, it’s me.”

      But King noticed that press releases weren’t really confined to these three categories. There was a fourth wherein they just straight-up taunted the other side, as when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently proclaimed that “Republicans have shown they couldn’t care less about those who have the least.” So the team used the impressive-sounding process of general purpose computer-assisted clustering and conceptualization to automatically divide the press releases into one of the now four categories.

      • Mr. Mike says:

        Gee, how about the truds do something to earn the money they siphon out of my wallet?

        You know, like, legislate?

        Ah, never mind, we are probably better off when they engage in interstate rest stop sex.

  3. ralphb says:

    How one Oregon lawmaker convinced his colleagues to ‘Rick Roll’ the state legislature

    Jefferson Smith loves a good political joke.

    Early last year, the then-freshman Oregon House member from Portland was getting ready for bed when he and his wife, Katy, began bantering back and forth about what might be the ultimate political prank, something that could lighten the increasingly divisive political mood among his colleagues.

    As Smith recalls, the idea came almost instantly. “What if we were to Rick Roll the legislature without anybody noticing?” he wondered.

    And that was the seed for what may ultimately prove to be one of the most elaborate political jokes of all time: A nearly two-minute long video of members of the Oregon House of Representatives saying the lyrics of Rick Astley’s ubiquitous ’80s pop ballad, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” literally one word or phrase at a time while in session.

  4. 1539days says:

    From my calculations, the federal government now spends $10 billion per day, $4 billion of which is on Chinese credit.

    • ralphb says:

      Now that’s sustainable 🙂

      That’s possibly what Keynes had in mind when he said “In the long run, we’re all dead.”.

  5. ralphb says:

    Iowahawk! Damn this is good.

    War Is No Excuse For Forgetting One’s Manners

    War Etiquette Tips
    From Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

    As a lad in Charleston, I at first chafed whenever Mama would squire me to my weekly instructions at Miss Buelah Fontaine’s Palmetto Street Finishing Academy for Young Gentlemen. “Oh, Mama, must I?” I would plead. “I would much rather fish and hoop-roll and play mumblety-peg with the other boys.” But Mama – God rest her overbearing memory – remained insistent, for she knew that under the stern tutelage of Miss Fontaine her son would grow into a true Carolina Gentleman, deft in the social graces and ready to ascend the ladder of societal respectability.

    • Mr. Mike says:

      … but then, much to the dismay of the aforementioned ladies, Lindseed went into politics.

      It turned out that stealing house pets and selling them to cosmetic company research labs was just too dangerous.

  6. OldCoastie says:

    Did I hear on the tv news that while the military may not receive their paychecks, the legislators would receive theirs?

    maybe I just dreamed that but it sounds about right.

  7. Riverdaughter says Ryan’s Medicare plan is bad. Links at her site.

    http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/calling-shenanigans-on-the-democratic-party/

    Paul Ryan’s shitty so-called budget.[….]

    The GOP proposal would phase out direct payments to doctors and hospitals under Medicare, scale back the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled, and throw out government insurance subsidies that the new healthcare law is to make available to millions of Americans starting in 2014.
    That would force seniors to pay more for their healthcare and would likely make states cut back their Medicaid programs, the Congressional Budget Office concluded.
    [….]
    The broad outlines of the GOP proposal suggest that starting in 2022, Americans would have a vastly different experience when they became eligible for Medicare. Eligibility would be raised from 65 to 67, the CBO said.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m sorry RD’s pushing the left’s latest scary points. I like the part in Ryan’s plan that gives vouchers for people to buy their own healthcare plans. Would also open up insurance companies to be more competitive and bring down premiums. Still, it should be debated, not just called shitty.

      • Mary says:

        Honk!

      • okasha skatsi says:

        Actually, RD’s quoting the Congressional Budget Office.

        Of course, it’s just chock full of commie-commies, at least in Glenn Beck’s and the tea-partiers’ fevered imaginations.

    • ralphb says:

      I care much less about what was proposed than that “something” was proposed. If people don’t like it, they should come up with proposals of their own. Or, as an alternative, STFU because the current situation is just not sustainable and everyone knows it.

      As it stands now the Dems seem to be having a contest to see who can demagogue Ryan’s proposal the worst. I think Louise Slaughter is currently leading the race.

    • ralphb says:

      Ending America as We Know It

      Hey, it’s the weekend, and everyone’s singing the same maddeningly catchy refrain! Rebecca Black’s “Friday”? Nah, that was last week’s moronic singalong. This week’s is even perkier! “Paul Ryan proposes to end Medicare as we know it,” sings former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta. “It would end Medicare as we know it,” sings Sen. Max Baucus of Montana. “It’s going to end Medicare as we know it,” sings Nadeam Elshami, communications director for Nancy Pelosi. “It does end Medicare as we know it,” sings Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa. I drove all night to watch Paul Ryan e-e-end Me-edi-ica-a-are as we-e kno-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-w it, sing all 24 semi-finalists on the Céline Dion round of “American Idol.”

      The Democrats’ solution to the problem is to deny there is one.

      • Let’s look a substance of the plan. Which of you have actually used Medicare and actually used the “health management companies”?

        I’d rather see money used for ‘unnecessary’ treatment/tests than for bonuses for gate-keepers whose job is to maximize profits by denying treatment.

        • ralphb says:

          The problem is that as it stands now, it’s just not sustainable. Neither are health management companies. The costs of medical care in America has went up to the point we just can’t pay for it any longer in the current state.

          What that leaves us is rethinking and reorganizing the whole system in a more rational manner. That cannot happen until both sides admit the problem exists and it has to be solved now.

        • ” not sustainable. Neither are health management companies. ”

          Thanks for noticing that.the HMC’s aren’t sustainable. Medicare at least works and has for years. If it needs tweaking, let’s not let the current Congress tweak it to their cronies. Let’s keep it working till we can get some better people up there making the decisions (like Clintonistas).

        • 1539days says:

          If this plan is bad, then there needs to be an alternative that is written and budgeted that:

          1. Does not explode in cost so we go bankrupt.
          2. Does not drive down revenue by taxation.
          3. That gives people a choice unlike Obamacare.

        • “If this plan is bad”

          Bad for who?

        • 1539days says:

          Ahem.

          If the Ryan plan is bad in your opinion…

        • okasha skatsi says:

          ‘Drive revenue down by taxation” is one of the more bizarre myths of the right. It’s been shown false time and again, most recently in the form of the Bush tax cuts and the tax breaks given to corporations that were and remain instrumental in creating the current budget shortfall.

        • I quoted Riverdaughter’s short opinion, plus a bunch of info she cited from elsewhere. I haven’t studied it much.

          But for starters, see my comment above. Has anyone here actually used both Medicare and some private health insurance (the kind that Ryan wants us to buy with his vouchers)? How did the services compare?

        • 1539days says:

          If Medicare is better than private insurance, that doesn’t fix the cost problem.

          After Bush’s tax cuts, the increase in the National Debt went from 8.91% in FY2003 to 5.89% in FY2007.

        • okasha skatsi says:

          @ 1539days. What’s the source of your figures?

          From crooks and liars:

          “President George W. Bush quickly set about dismantling the progress made under Clinton. Bush’s $1.4 trillion tax cut in 2001 was followed by a second $550 billion round in 2003. As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) detailed, those Bush tax cuts accounted for almost half of the mushrooming deficits during his tenure.

          “Like Reagan and Stockman before him, Bush resorted to the rosy scenario to claim he would halve the budget deficit by 2009. Before the financial system meltdown last fall, Bush’s deficit already reached $490 billion. (And even before the passage of the Wall Street bailout, Bush had presided over a $4 trillion increase in the national debt, a staggering 71% jump.) By January 2009, the mind-numbing deficit figure topped $1.2 trillion, forcing President Bush to raise the debt ceiling to $11.3 trillion.”

          http://crooksandliars.com/jon-perr/boehner-lies-about-bush-tax-cuts-and-deficits

          The chart that didn’t copy shows that the Bush tax cuts alone accounted for 48% of the increase in the deficit, with defense spending coming in second, and “entitlements” second to last at 10%. The idea that you can cut taxes to increase revenues was rightly called “voodoo economics” by GHW when he was running against Reagan for the Republican nom. Reagan began the slide, briefly halted by the Clinton administration, into the kind of Gilded Age income inequality we have now–a combination of tax cuts and loopholes that means that the 5% of the population that holds 50% of the wealth pays nothing like 50% of the taxes, and corporations like GE manage to avoid taxes altogether by offshoring their assets.

        • okasha skatsi says:

          1539days–Interesting, but I’m not sure it’s terribly meaningful unless your goal is to make Bush look far better than he was.

        • 1539days says:

          I guess it depends how eveil you think Bush is. I happen to think debt is a consistent problem over the last 40-50 years. GW Bush and Clinton were relatively good on debt spending, GHW Bush and Reagan were terrible on spending. None of them beat Johnson, Kennedy and Eisenhower.

        • okasha skatsi says:

          Well, a man who can mock a condemned woman or make a joke out of “missing” WMD that he used as a pretext for lying us into a war that’s killed a couple million people so far is plenty evil without bringing his spending habits into it.

          That doesn’t speak to his incompetence, though, which your handling of the debt figures manages to gloss over while ignoring the real consequences of his tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest 5% of the population. Those policies put us into the budget crisis in which we’re currently foundering, and Obama’s continuation of those policies has quite predictably made a severe situation even worse.

        • “If Medicare is better than private insurance, that doesn’t fix the cost problem.”

          Let’s save money by building bridges out of plywood instead of cement. Cement is better? But that doesn’t fix the cost problem.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I love me some Mark Steyn 😀

        Thanks for posting this. Always a reminder why I can’t tolerate the Democratic Talking Points anymore. Thugs and Bullies, every one of them.

        Since my, ahem, retirement, from DU and dKos in 2008, are there any credible left of center blogs and forums worth reading anymore? My bar is low, if they don’t use “shitty pukes” or “teabaggers”, I may pay them a visit 😉

      • ralphb says:

        1539’s data is only meaningful in that it’s objective and not the subjective emotional crap I see so many other places.

      • “If Medicare is better than private insurance, that doesn’t fix the cost problem.”

        Maybe the health and lives of seniors aren’t where we should be looking for a fix for the Bush/Obama deficits.

        Though really, any Ryan-type plan that sends money to the insurance companies isn’t any kind of fix — it’s just going to waste more money.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Obama detached from reality? Even Ezra Klein agrees with Professor Jacobson 😀

    http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2011/04/strangely-detached-from-reality.html

  9. Valissa says:

    Here’s a great link I found over at John Smart’s place… this really says something about Obama’s popularity… or lack thereof.

    Oprah won’t endorse Obama in next election: report http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/oprah_won_endorse_obama_in_next_189zNUxYl7rkMbl99MA0OK

    Back in 2008, the billionaire talk show host endorsed then-Senator Barack Obama — the first time she had publicly taken sides in a US presidential election.

    “For 2012, much has changed for Oprah,” the source told Pop Eater. “She now has her own cable channel called OWN that has been struggling to find an audience — she isn’t going to do anything to alienate them.” …

    “Unlike in 2008, when a drop in ratings didn’t matter as much for the queen of TV, Oprah is now fighting every day to get people to tune into OWN,” the source added, noting that while Winfrey will likely support Obama again, she will do so more privately.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Oprah got snookered in 2008 calling him “brilliant” and backing him over Hillary. Seemed very hypocritical of Ms.Girl Power 😀 Which one would she hire as CEO of Harpo ?

  10. ralphb says:

    Senate vote on ObamaCare

    Looks like the ace negotiators for the Senate missed a little something.

    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, agreed to remove the Planned Parenthood provision in exchange for an agreement that would allow Congress to take up the funding issue separately. The Republicans also won inclusion of a provision that will require the Senate to vote on a bill to de-fund the health care reform law.

    That vote should be a lot of fun for people like Bill and Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, and Mark Pryor.

  11. yttik says:

    I support Planned Parenthood and funding for women’s health care. However, how come we got Dems saying women will be dying in the streets if we don’t fund these things? I mean, didn’t we just pass Obamacare, allegedly the Greatest Program Evah that was going to make sure everyone had good health coverage? Since this new access to health insurance for everybody is supposed to be available, how come we still need clinics and services available for those with no resources?

    • okasha skatsi says:

      It’s not supposed to be available for at least another two years. Planned Parenthood and other comparable organizations also provide services, such as contraception, that the religious right/tea party nutjobs don’t want the government to pay for. Sex is immoral unless it results in a fetus they can save from the evil liberals, dontcha know.

  12. Three Wickets says:

    • ralphb says:

      The debate was over money. That is party line propaganda. If that were not the case, the government would be shut down now.

      • 1539days says:

        The Republicans traded $300 million in PLanned Parenthood funding for $2 billion more in spending cuts. Seems like a plus for both sides.

      • Valissa says:

        So true ralph. Once upon a time I really BELIEVED propaganda like this.

        Remember when the left & dems were screaming about all the spending that Bush & Co did… then when the dems finally got into power they promptly started spending even more, way more… now when the Repubs tries to cut any spending they wail and moan about all the sad and terrible stuff that will happen to group X.

        • 1539days says:

          Bush increased the deficit at an annualized rate of 7.5% per year over his term. Obama is just under 17%.

        • 1539days says:

          Correction
          That should be debt, not deficit. Those percentages are for total increases in the national debt.

        • Valissa says:

          Thanks for those debt numbers, 1539days (which reminded me to check your blog 🙂 ) Sounds about right.

        • 1539days says:

          I’m thinking of posting debt graphs tonight.

        • Valissa says:

          Debt graphs would be great!

        • Mr. Mike says:

          We were screaming about the no-bid contracts and conducting two wars (one unnecessary) off the books while not raising taxes to cover it.

          It’s not that republicans are cutting spending but where, there is a difference. And if your Group X are those that depend on Social Security and Medicare/aid then it’s well worth screaming and moaning if you believe we will be judged on how we treat the least of us.

          Why is it I get the feeling that this site’s url should end in dotGOP?

        • Valissa says:

          Mr Mike… I donit think anyone here is a Republican, but perhaps for those who are stuck in the Left-Right-Center restricted and limited thought paradigm, anyone who criticizes Dem or left behavior must therefore lean Republican. That is the old style propaganda that many of us here are trying to get past. I don’t subscribe to any political “isms”. I am just interested in reality.

          There are many places where money can be saved without trashing social safety nets. If you recall there was a news item a couple of weeks ago about the CBO report and all the duplicate gov’t programs in many areas. Every single Cabinet department (and not just Defense, but that’s a good place for cuts too) could go through and reorganize and save quite a bit of money if there was the political will to do that. I’m sure every dept has wasteful programs that don’t work well, inters[ersed with great progarms that really help Americans). However this would mean pink slips for gov’t workers, or earmarks and pet projects losing funding, etc. and the congress critters want to preserve every job and bit of looting they can get. This problem is sytsemic and not limited to either party.

        • 1539days says:

          This just goes to show how the GOP owns this debate right now. Paul Ryan put out his 2012 budget, the White House and the Democrats point out every flaw in it and then are ignored because they have no counter proposal. The only way to trim $6 trillion over ten years according to the rhetoric I hear from the other side is to cut the Defense budget by 80%.

        • ralphb says:

          We’ve been digging ourselves into this hole ever since Kennedy/Johnson cut tax rates, jacked up domestic spending, and started a war in Vietnam in the ’60s. It’s just gotten worse and the hole has gotten deeper since.

          I don’t know if we will ever get out of this hole. I would just like to see us stop digging it deeper. To do that, you have to cut where the money is being spent.

        • 1539days says:

          The last time the debt actually shrank was in FY1957.

        • Mr. Mike says:

          Cut military spending by 80%?

          Sounds good to me.

        • okasha skatsi says:

          Valissa–There are plenty of people here who espouse Republican/tea party programs and philosophy. You really can’t blame readers who apply the duck test.

        • “terrible stuff will happen to Group X.”

          That happens to be true.

        • “they wail and moan about all the sad and terrible stuff that will happen to group X.”

          Let’s fix the cost problem by giving our soldiers cardboard boots instead of leather.

          If you object — you’re just screaming and moaning. Couldn’t be any REAL concern for the soldiers.

  13. A comment from elsewhere, a few days ago: 😉

    “The United States government is on the verge of shutting down over a dispute about subsidized pap smears.”

  14. Three Wickets says:

    BLS says the healthcare industry is the largest employer (17 million) in the nation. Challenge is managing costs which are inflating without busting the economy with either more debt or unemployment. While providing the best care possible.

    • Three Wickets says:

      Course we could let the national debt run on and support the dollar with the spector of our military.

      • Valissa says:

        Yeah, it’s a big question… how important is the national debt in the current money reality anyway? After all when Republicans are in power one keeps heearing that the deficit doesn’t matter (and their economists agree with that), but the Dem keep harping on it… then when the Dem are on power they keep spending and when the repubs challenge them on that, then they also can find economists who say that the deficit doesn’t matter that much.

        It seems to be that the deficit only matters when one side or the other is carping on it. All economists insist that the US’s economy does not operate like an individual’s budget does, for various reasons. So how important is the deficit in REALITY? The nature of money is changing.

        • ralphb says:

          It’s less important to us than to Greece or Ireland because we are sovereign in our own currency where EU members are more like the states.

          But any currency can suffer a loss of confidence, see the Weimar Republic, and the results are utter disaster. That we have to avoid.

        • 1539days says:

          There’s also the interest issue. Right now, we pay our creditors at a rate of approximately 4.5%. It was much higher in the 70s and early 80s. A one percent difference in the interest rate now would mean an additional 0.14 trillion dollars in interest on the debt.

        • “It seems to be that the deficit only matters when one side or the other is carping on it.”

          Honk. If the current politicians of either side really cared about it, they’d apply Bill Clinton’s policies that balanced the budget and were paying off the National Debt.

          When the GOP gets in power, they run it up again. But they use it as a war cry too. Maybe they’re using it as a bogey-man.

    • Mr. Mike says:

      Health care is the largest employer because we sent everything else to Third World nations.

      Whats wrong with that picture?

  15. Three Wickets says:

    Banks Are Off the Hook Again.

    The deals grew out of last year’s investigation into robo-signing — when banks were found to have filed false documents in foreclosure cases. The report of the investigation has not been released, but we know that robo-signing was not an isolated problem. Many other abuses are well documented: late fees that are so high that borrowers can’t catch up on late payments; conflicts of interest that lead banks to favor foreclosures over loan modifications.

    Such as the trillions in non-recourse loans and guarantees from the Fed for toxic assets at above market prices. Believe that Fed facility (or subsidy) is closed now.

    • Mr. Mike says:

      I suspect that nothing will be done because the banksters will spill the beans on who’s palms got greased under the table.

      Considering the lack of real action I would guess that every legislator involved in financial oversight is on the take.

      If you have a better explanation I would love to hear it.

      • Three Wickets says:

        Maybe they really believed that by letting the Fed save bankers, they were saving the economy. Nah…they were probably either fooled or on the take, or both.

  16. Mary says:

    Per Sunday shows, David Plouffe saying Obama will lay out NEW plans this week to reduce the federal deficit. Will seek cuts to government programs for seniors & the poor.

    Didn’t he already cut $500 billion from Medicare in Obamacare?

  17. ralphb says:

    Change of pace …

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