How do you spend a billion dollars?

See Dick. See Dick run for reelection:

Charles Krauthammer argues that President Obama’s campaign money will have “no effect” on getting him “out of the box on explaining high unemployment.” Instead, he says it will “be used on negative advertising. It’s going to be the dirtiest campaign you have ever seen. It’s going to be almost a billion dollars of sheer attacks because it’s essentially a referendum on Obama. Unless the Democrats can make the personality or the baggage or the history of the Republican the issue, and that’s what you do if you’re an incumbent. You have a lot of money, it’s going to be an incredibly negative campaign.”

In fairness, Dick doesn’t have a lot of options. What’s he gonna do, run ads extolling the virtues of Obamacare?

Four years ago Obama was a blank slate with no record to talk about. So he spent most of the $750 million he raised distorting the records of Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Sarah Palin. Now for the first time in his career he’s got a record to talk about and it’s the last thing he wants to discuss.

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128 Responses to How do you spend a billion dollars?

  1. DandyTiger says:

    Apparently Krauthammer knows Dick.

  2. votermom says:

    I feel like barfing already.

  3. votermom says:

    Someone posted this at hi44 (bolding is mine):

    Sign the petition:”President Obama: If you cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits for me, my family, or families like mine, don’t ask for a penny of my money or an hour of my time in 2012. I’m going to focus on electing bold progressive candidates who will fight to protect our Democratic legacy.

    197,122 signatures so far.

    “bold progressive candidates” — such mythical beasts. One would have better chances of finding Bigfoot.

    • Mr. Mike says:

      Like Nancy Pelosi (D keeping the powder dry) and her “impeachment is off the table”. Apparently so was any other kind of congressional oversight of the Executive branch.

    • ralphb says:

      Dick won’t care about that anyway. The only way to have any impact on that narcissist is to say you will donate to his challenger. I doubt even that would matter at all.

    • angienc says:

      I can’t sign that — I have no intention of giving him a penny of my money or a minute of my time in 2012.

    • JeanLouise says:

      One of my senators, Sherrod Brown, is a bold progressive who’s doing his best in difficult circumstances. I’m worried that he will have a hard time getting re-elected in ’12 but the thieving. GOP governor in my state may help him.

      Anyway, if you’re looking for someone to support, give Brown a look.

      • votermom says:

        Glad to hear it. I take it he voted against the Health Insurance Bailout Act then (aka Health Care Reform)?

      • ralphb says:

        John Kasich is a thief? What did he steal?

      • JeanLouise says:

        I didn’t say that he was Bernie Sanders!

        Kasich’s been a thief since he tried to sell our five pension funds crummy Lehman Brothers investments. He’s gotten better at it lately. One of my friends, a loyal, hardworking police officer, a family man with twenty years expericence and a too-low pay of about $60,000 a year, just had his pay arbitrarily reduced by $7,000.

        Yeah, Kasich’s a thief.

        • ralphb says:

          Was that $60K his pension? I ask because I doubt they are paying working police officers $7K per year. I’ll bet there is more to this story than I’ve heard.

    • RedDragon says:

      I saw that and followed a link provided by the Confluence and this caught my eye:

      CHICAGO — A liberal group upset over potential cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security delivered pledges Friday to President Barack Obama’s national campaign headquarters threatening to pull its support.

      About a dozen people representing the Progressive Change Campaign Committee delivered what they said were 200,000 pledges from people who will refuse to donate or volunteer for Obama’s re-election campaign if he cuts the entitlement programs.

      “It’s not a question of who they’re going to support for president, they’re going to vote for Barack Obama. It’s a question of where their time and money is going to go,” spokesman T. Neil Sroka said.

      That last paragraph sealed the deal for me…..They can all go pound sand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • WMCB says:

        And she wrote him a heartfelt letter, telling him how terrible it made her feel when he bruised her face up like that. Then she sighed, pushed the letter away, and went to make his dinner…

  4. OldCoastie says:

    Somewhere I read yesterday that some huge percentage of the Dick’s billion is, once again, raised from small donors…

    who in the world is donating to this guy?

    or do I not know the meaning of “small donors”?

    • votermom says:

      Small donors means anonymous contributions less than $200, usually given as Visa gift cards. Iow, money-laundering.

      • myiq2xu says:

        They’re also counting all the people who paid $3 for a chance to have dinner with Dick and Joe the Talking Donkey

        • votermom says:

          Who won that, I wonder?

        • foxyladi14 says:


        • Valhalla says:

          they also sneakily twist the language around in their press releases. I went looking for numbers of “small dollar donors” in 2008. What they mean is “small dollar donors” meaning people whose total giving is “small” (<$200) AND donors who give small dollar gifts, even if the donor made 100 small dollar that add up to big bucks. So if I had given Obama $10,000 {shudder} but I did it in $200 increments, I'd be counted as a small dollar donor.

          Also, they count all the gifts made by those big bundlers as small dollar donors, even most of the people giving those gifts were pressured into giving (like by their boss at Lehman or wherever).

      • angienc says:

        True story.

    • JeanLouise says:

      Politico is reporting that 40% came from bundlers.

  5. Mimi says:

    Obama IS his record. It is beyond awful. The more negative ads he runs, the more his mug is out there and the more people are reminded of his idiot policies and how much they do not like him. The polling is skewed to hell with the Bradley effect which after November 2012 will be forever known as the Obama effect. Because of his tactics in 2008 he cannot get accurate polling and he knows it.

    • Mary says:

      He’ll get his “accurate polling” in 2012. So will the Senate.

    • ralphb says:

      Gallup has him at 39 against an unknown GOP now. An incumbent in the 30s is bad news, no matter how anyone tries to spin it.

      I think you may be right about the Bradley effect in those polls where his personal favorability is high but his policies poll so low.

  6. ralphb says:

    Break the spend-and-borrow cycle

    Rick Perry and Nikki Haley

    As governors of states whose residents, like all Americans, are desperate for the restoration of fiscal responsibility in Washington, we are proud to have signed the “Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge” amid the debate over once again raising the federal debt ceiling.

    We oppose an increase in the federal debt limit unless three common-sense conditions are met: substantial cuts in spending; enforceable spending caps to put the country on a path to a balanced budget; and congressional passage of a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That amendment should include a requirement for a congressional supermajority to approve any increases in taxes.

    The only part I don’t like is the balanced budget amendment with the supermajority to raise taxes. Too much like prop 13 for me.

    • djmm says:

      Without the supplemental federal bailout funds, the state of Texas would have been toast. Women have to get a sonogram before abortion — no matter how early — and PP is being put at the bottom of the funding list.

      Rick Perry is in no way a moderate and is the worst governor in the history of Texas, in my opinion. (And Texas has had some truly spectacularly bad governors,with rare exceptions like Ann RIchards.) He is not the answer.


    • djmm says:

      Just realized the post was from you, Ralph. You already know all that.


      • ralphb says:

        I sure do. Perry is not a good governor and he is riding the same policies as every governor of Texas for the last 100 years which, in this case, amounts to good ones for business.

        The main thing that makes TX a job creating machine is we have changed less than the other states in the last four decades. For the prime example, look at our conservative banking and real estate regulations. We are now and have always been a low tax and low benefit state.

  7. WMCB says:

    POUTUS giving another press conference now.

    I am really hoping that this time, they will let him be clear. A lot of the problems we are having is because no one will ever let him be clear.

    If he were just allowed to be clear for freaking once, things would be better.

    posted by: DudeBro Who Prefers Mom To Do My Laundry On Tuesdays Not Thursdays The Stupid Bitch

    • votermom says:

      Is Obama the first Scientologist POTUS?

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        Actually, Bush was. Couldn’t you tell that was a flight to see Xenu when he was wearing that crotch-covering thingy in front of the mission accomplished sign? He’d reached the last level! Xenu assumed his body and came back as him. He slithered out of Bush and into Obama during the bailout talks. Happened right on top of the table too. Freaked Harry Reid out so bad he had to pull out his e-Meter right there.

  8. foxyladi14 says:

    well he is clearing things up 😆

  9. ralphb says:

    From iowahawk on twitter:

    I want government out of my bedroom. I also want it out of my office, den, garage, toilet, refrigerator, and light sockets.

  10. ralphb says:

    Please. Give me a US women’s soccer game to watch…

  11. angienc says:

    I actually would not be surprised to see ads extolling the virtues of ObamaCare. The man is delusional enough to think he *did* achieve something great OR he just doesn’t give a fuck. His “fans” will certainly will not say a word against it.

    Funny how all my Obot friends are just STFU right now about Obama (they’ve got plenty to say about Bachmann, of course) but I know they are all going to vote for him again because those Republicans are KRAZY!!!!

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      I was thinking the same thing. Since when has spectacular failure limited Obama’s ability to crow?

  12. ralphb says:

    Did Obama claim that entire problem of overspending is due to Bush — tax cuts, Medicare drug benefit, two wars, recession?

    If so, wonder why he continued and expanded the wars (now 6), reinstated the Bush tax cuts (6 mos ago), expanded the Medicare drug benefit (while taking $500 billion from Medicare), and has not done one fucking thing about the economy in his entire term?

    This guy should be dead meat in the ’12 election!

    • angienc says:

      He should be dead meat in the ’12 elections, but don’t underestimate the power of Kool-Aid or the power of fraud. We who were shocked at the May 2008 DNC meeting did both & look how that turned out.

      • ralphb says:

        Hell, I’m still shocked at it all.

      • ralphb says:

        Since Dick insists on using family analogies for the debt crisis, I’m sure the first thing we all do in financial trouble is threaten to starve our dependents. Good to see him behaving in such a calmly sociopathic manner.

  13. ralphb says:

    Here are some cuts, some quite easy choices, to protect Social Security. You can get to $2 trillion without breaking a sweat.

    These are examples and include no defense cuts. I’m sure we could all come up with a nice list.

    • angienc says:

      And that is a pretty right-wing blog. So WTF is Obama’s problem?

      • ralphb says:

        Dick just doesn’t want to cut any spending. There are special interests that depend on it and he depends on their help and votes. I think that’s the basic truth for the leadership in both parties.

      • yttik says:

        WTF is Obama’s problem? He lacks a moral compass, a political ideology, the ability to negotiate, and views every issue from the perspective of, “it only has value if I take credit for it and people praise me.”

        I remember Hillary giving him credit for everything and thinking of that song, “Stroke me stroke me..” She knows how Obama works, it’s all about his ego. Reflect back to him how wonderful he is and he’ll be so busy praising himself, he’ll leave you alone to do your work. The problem is, Republican males don’t understand that concept or don’t care. Obama’s kind of baffled too, he can’t figure out why Republicans haven’t just bowed down and praised his superior wisdom in all things and allowed him to take credit for everything. That’s what people have done for him his entire life.

      • JeanLouise says:

        And it has mostly right wing cuts. Where are the cuts to farm subsidies? Cuts for Congress’ ridiculous retirement benefits? How about the church-run social services giveaways? I’m sure with a list of potential cuts in front of me, I could find a lot more.

        I did like the cuts for upgrades for federal employees to fly but the decimation of Planned Parenthood is just a Christian Taliban issue that eliminates a program actually saves four dollars for every dollar spent.

        Obama probably likes the rightwing list..

        • ralphb says:

          Left wing, right wing Meh! I believe I said we could all come with our own list fairly easily and we could. So WTF can’t elected officials do it? They are corrupt.

        • votermom says:

          And scared of the military — “defense” spending is way bloated but nobody has the guts to cut it.

    • votermom says:

      It just occurred to me that gutting Social Security is to Obama what invading Iraq is to W.

      Remember 2001: Bunch of mostly Saudi terrorists based in Afghanistan attack the USA and W uses this to justify attacking Iraq. Never made any sense.

      2011: The national deficit reaches epic proportions, USA risks losing AAA rating status, and BO is using this to justify gutting a self-funding trust that has nothing to do with the deficit.

      • yttik says:

        Good point.

      • ralphb says:

        I think he really, really wants to make Pete Peterson, and all his Wall Street cronies, happy!

        There were stories only months into Obama’s term about “could be the president to finally reform entitlements?”. I think he’s after praise from all the “serious” people.

  14. votermom says:


    “This is not an issue of salesmanship to the American people, the American people are sold,”

    Oh yeah, we’re sold all right. We were sold a pack of lies in 2008, and then we were chopped up, derivatized, and sold to the banksters wholesale.

    • ralphb says:

      Yep, now we’re just junk bonds.

    • yttik says:

      The American people are sold?? What did they do, indenture us out to China? Don’t answer that, I’m afraid to know.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      There he goes again, trying to invent reality. Remember when everyone hated Bush for doing that?

      • WMCB says:

        Yeah, Bush used to also claim “The American people are behind me”

        Oh, we were behind him all right – pushing as hard as we could to get him out the door.

        • votermom says:


          To be fair, W seems almost nice now that he’s safely out of the WH.
          But even when Dick is out, he’ll never be likable — he’s more like Cheney than W in personality.

        • WMCB says:

          Most people who know Dubya, even Democrats, say he’s a genuinely nice guy. Deluded and wrong, but a good person.

          I think most of our presidents in my lifetime have been personally nice guys, actually. Nixon was probably the one most famous for being paranoid and unfriendly. Obama has waaaaay surpassed him in the Dick dept now though.

        • angienc says:

          I have to agree about W. Wrong on just about everything, but a “nice guy” (unlike Obama). Also, unlike Obama, W did actually believe in something — regardless of the fact that his beliefs were almost always diametrically opposed to my own, that is more than I can say for Obama.
          Miss me yet? Indeed.

      • Oh, I wouldn’t go too far on W;s “niceness”. i remember him as Little Lord Pissy Pants. He have people nicknames, rubbed bald people’s heads, loved to scrawl his name over photos of missing parents on 9.11… I noticed a mean look on his face more than one time.
        I think people calling him “nice” were doing it for the same reason someone remarked everyone should do that with Dick.

    • Erica says:

      Sold down the river sounds about right.

  15. HELENK says:

    this kind of a so what else is new thing. The only way backtrack ever runs a campaign or the government is to dig up dirt, or manufacture dirt on anyone who opposes him.
    He was raised on the idea of blame others, take no responsibility for his own actions, and take credit while others do the work.
    He can throw a temper tantrum as well as most three year old spoiled brats.

    Many have awakened to what a fraud he is, but many have not. He owns the msm, so they will be no help in getting true information to the public about him. Keep blogging, telling your friends and neighbors the true facts and getting out and campaigning for those who oppose him and asking good questions from those who are for him might help.

    There are many ways to fight for your country, the military is not the only way. Use the rights and laws to your advantage, speak out when ever you get the opportunity to do so.

    Remember he is a very annoying man. His everything for me and what I want and the hell with you attitude is becoming more and more open every day. Just keep pointing it out

    nobody said it would be easy , but it must be done.



  16. angienc says:

    Hillary interview with BBC. Read it & weep. First, for the POTUS we should have had. Second, for the fact that she is planning to retire from the “merry go round of public life” in 2013.

    • yttik says:

      I really want her to write a book. (I know, it would be better if she were president, if she chose to run against Obama in 2012, or run again in 2016,) but I believe her experiences as SOS and her concern for women’s rights could really create such an inspiring and motivating book, it could trigger some progress in leaps and bounds. Just the bits and pieces posted at the SOS website are amazing. It wouldn’t just be an entertaining book of amusing experiences, it would be a collection of wisdom from around the world that would help people to understand why half the human race has to be part of the solution and what the consequences are if we don’t make this happen.

    • votermom says:

      I hope it’s a temporary retirement.
      Correct me if I’m wrong, but as SoS, she would not be able to campaign for Dick, correct?
      She deserves some R&R, then come back and run in 2016 after the obots have been run out of the Dem party.

    • Erica says:

      What a lovely and dedicated woman. She deserves every moment of peace, rest, relaxation, and family time that she gets, and I won’t begrudge her a thing if she never runs again.

      But I will hold it permanently against the corrupted DNC and B0, who conspired to steal an election and to deprive the United States of the better leader.

  17. votermom says:

    Uh, oh, SheWhoMustNotBeNamed just tweeted:

    • ralphb says:

      Good for her!

      • JeanLouise says:

        Palin’s out to lunch on the debt ceiling. Obama offered the GOP three times as much in spending cuts including cutting sacred cows in exhange for modest revenue increases and the GOP turned it down.

        Grover Norquist is running the country and it appears that few in the GOP and none in leadership are willing to stand up and do their jobs.

        • votermom says:

          Palin is reiterating Jake Tappert’s point from yesterday — if, as Obama is threatening, Aug is the drop dead date to get a deal or else we default and the skies fall and granny starves, why won’t Obama agree to a short-term deal and renegotiate during campaign season? Is Obama’s re-election campaign more important than the country’s AAA rating?

        • ralphb says:

          According to someone’s trial balloon he did but I don’t know what was actually offered. Boehner said it was like negotiating with jello and that I do believe! Thoroughly untrustworthy.

          Grover Norquist? He’s so 1990’s.

        • ralphb says:

          S&P’s sad today that whether the debt ceiling is raised or not, our AAA rating is still in jeopardy. The only cure for that is control of runaway spending and debt in general.

        • WMCB says:

          Again with the Grover Norquist running the country.

          The grassroots conservatives I know are laughing their butts off over that latest meme. They’re like: “I mean, we know who he is, but it’s not like any of us give a shit or hang on what he says. Seriously, they couldn’t come up with a better secret evil leader than THAT?? I guess the whole Koch thing flopped, so they are flailing.”


        • JeanLouise says:

          We don’t need a short term extension to the debt ceiling problem because it really does keep investors and business people off-balance. They’ve been trying to resolve this one for eight fiicking months! Not to mention, we don’t need any more posturing during the election season.

          Grover Norquist is so right now. If he weren’t, the rational Republicans in Congress wouldn’t be acting like sheep on the debt ceiling issue. If he’s so ’90’s, why have none of the GOP presidential candidates except Huntsman, refused to sign his pledge?

        • ralphb says:

          You just eat that propaganda up. It has no calories so it’s OK.

  18. Three Wickets says:

    There are now more high net worth individuals in the US than there were before the crisis in 2007. Anyone running against Obama but not running against Wall Street next year would be foolish.

  19. WMCB says:

    I’d like to take a moment to say kudos to Ace at the conservative blog Ace of Spades. Most of the commenters there are funny as hell, over-the-top raunchy, and often wrong, but decent people.

    But you still get the few who think it’s funny to joke about dead politicians. So Ace got tired of warning and deleting them, and today announced that he will be outing and reporting them:

    Notice: Further Death Threats Will Be Publicized

    A total, complete ban on cutesy suggestions that people should be killed. I’ve had this ban in effect forever but apparently some dumbasses just don’t get it.

    Any Secret Service agents monitoring this blog should check out this solid citizen, for example.

    I’m serious, assholes. Take your assassination fantasies elsewhere.

    You want to use my platform for your sick fantasies? Well, if you’re going to make problems for me, I guess I’ll just have to make problems for you.

    Did that work out the way you thought, “Scenario Questioner”?

    The old system of deleting these comments wasn’t having the effect I wanted.

    Now I’m going the other way.

    You want to make a public death threat? Then be prepared to make a very public death threat.

    Ready to stand behind your words, Chief? Ready to deal with some problems stemming from your comments?

    Hope you are.

    Good for Ace. *applause*

  20. ralphb says:

    GOP announces vote on 18-month debt-ceiling plan

    Looks like cut and cap, with a separate vote on balance, next week.

    While Barack Obama went to the press for the third time in 17 days, John Boehner and Eric Cantor called his bluff in the House. The Republican leadership announced that the House would vote on a plan to raise the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion and matching cuts:

    If Republicans pass this in the House, they will have delivered a plan that puts the next debate over the debt ceiling into 2013, and made the 2012 elections hinge on this debate. The bill will force the Democrats in the Senate and Obama to either accept that outcome or kill the bill — and that puts the onus for default squarely on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the President of Ambiguities.

    Game on.

  21. Lola-at-Large says:

    Shorter MS: This is what an economist looks like.

    WTF? More of the “the debt is a fairy tale and we can keep spending as much we want la-la-la-la-la-la” bullshit.

    • votermom says:

      If that’s true then why was the economy so great when Big Dawg balanced the budget?

    • WMCB says:

      She’s an idiot, and I don’t care how many degrees she has. She’s also insultingly cutesy. “La la la la, no problem, we just sell more treasury bonds to finance what we need, and we could do that forever if we wanted! Click Click! More bonds! See? Simple!”

      Uh huh. And what, pray tell, happens when no one wants to buy them, or will only buy them if we offer to pay 16% interest? Her entire premise is predicated on the fact that other countries will finance our debt at low interest rates, forever. She fails to mention how to get around it if the rest of the world doesn’t share her magical thinking.

      • ralphb says:

        Can we all say hyper-inflation, as the best consequence of this idiot’s magical thinking? La la la Weimar Republic.

        • WMCB says:

          Shhhhhhh! Don’t disturb her perfect utopian dream. It’s her entire identity, and she’d be crushed.

  22. Dario says:

    I’m not only against the reelection of Obama, I’m against the Washington Democrats being reelected. The gaming of the 2008 primaries, the May 31 RBC, and the National Democratic Convention, cannot be ignored. I won’t be satisfied until all who were in congress in in 2008 quit or are forced out. The only way to do that is to not volunteer or give money to them. I don’t care if they were initially supporters of Hillary but went along with the gaming of the election. I will not forgive or forget.

  23. ralphb says:

    Few tweets from iowahawk for the humor.

    Obama says 80% want tax hikes; “Their mouths say ‘no,’ but their eyes say ‘yes'”

    Obama: 4 out of 5 Dentists Recommend Sugar Free Tax Hikes to Prevent Program Cavities.

    Now we know what happens when a 50 year old man hears the word ‘no’ for the first time.

    • Valhalla says:

      Well actually, when given a choice of cutting the big benefits programs vs tax hikes, Americans DO pick tax hikes. By a 2-1 margin, Americans’ really want the programs protected.

      But only when those are just those two choices. If the choice is cutting a bunch of other bullshit govt stuff (like getting out of our rapidly multiplying wars) vs tax hikes, they don’t. So Obama’s right but only because he’s twisting the numbers (big surprise).

      • Three Wickets says:

        Largest portion of tax revenues probably comes from the shrinking middle class, so there is going to be stress there, some of it expressed by the tea party. Progressives used to stand with the working class, but these days they seem more enamoured with the Obama loving bailout loving creative class. Eventually bills must be paid.

      • ralphb says:

        I assumed the reference was to Gallup poll results, asking Americans how they wanted the deficit reduced:

        Only with spending cuts- 20
        Mostly with spending cuts – 30
        Equally with spending cuts and tax increases – 32
        Mostly with tax increases – 7
        Only with tax increases – 4

        If 80% want to do it with tax increases, you can use the same fuzzy math to say that 96% want to do it by spending cuts. There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.

  24. 1539days says:

    2008 was a good year for a negative candidate to run on the Democratic side. McCain was completely unwilling to return the favor or let any 527s do the same. The worst ads were by the NRA and they got painted as racists. In their case, they’re used to it.

    In 2012, this will not be the case. Every candidate except Jon Huntsman is ready to raise almost a billion dollars and spend most of it on Obama and his failed policies.

  25. WMCB says:

    Republicans in the Senate now playing hardball. Plan to refuse to move on any appropriations bills until a budget is passed.

    GOOD. Follow the damn law.

  26. ralphb says:

    Just when you thought it wouldn’t get any lower…

    Sheila Jackson Lee: Let’s face it, this debt-ceiling battle is racial

    Ah Progressives. When all they’ve got is race baiting …

    • angienc says:

      Any and all criticism of Obama is racist. That’s a fact.

      In other news, the sky is blue and water is wet.

  27. ralphb says:

    This is brilliant. A mix of Carter’s malaise speech and Obama’s speech showing history repeating.

    • angienc says:

      It is brilliant. But we all have known all along that Obama cribs “his” speeches. I did think his staff would be smart enough not to steal from Jimmy Carter, though.

      Oh, and btw — both of them can kiss my ass telling me where to set my thermostat. I’ve said it before (and I hate that I’m sounding like my dad) but: when they start paying my bills, then they can tell me how warm/cool to keep my house.

  28. WMCB says:

    This kind of European arrogance just pisses me off. From Spiegel:

    Most importantly, the Republicans have turned a dispute over a technicality into a religious war, which no longer has any relation to a reasonable dispute between the elected government and the opposition.”

    You know what, Mr. Scolding German? You are a clueless, ill-informed, parochial (yeah, if the shoe fits), euro-centric idiot. You are the epitome of The Ugly European. You know how I know that? Because this is the United States of America, and we do not have a Parliamentary form of government. The Republican House, for all their faults, are NOT the “opposition” to “the elected government”. It doesn’t work that way here.

    So stop opining on governments and cultures that you quite obviously don’t understand, you insufferable prig. Your ignorance and assumptions are showing.

    • Three Wickets says:

      Yeah, they should stick to their own business. Der Spiegel doesn’t seem to mind austerity in Europe. Basically they like Obama and a weak dollar.

  29. ralphb says:

    Gonna see if I can waterboard myself with Patron now. Later.

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