Big media would have us believe, the dirty unorganized uninformed pinko commie spoiled brats camping, organizing and protesting at Zucotti Plaza don't know what we want. Well, here's sample of what we don't know what we want: read more »
Here in NYC the Teabaggers are planning a protest on Tax Day. They will be holding their little whine fest outside the Main post office (cause you know, post offices are BAAADD, I guess) on Apr. 15, 7 PM. Wonder if Carl "Palomino" Paladino will show. And if so, will there be some counter protesters giving him a rousing "Neigh" chorus?
But that is beside the point. The point is the Teabaggers, with or without their little Palomino friend, are in their actions displaying their amazing ignorance, selfishness, and hypocrisy. To begin with, they are using the image of the Boston Tea Party as a way of opposing taxes in general. Which is, in about every way, stupid of them. There is nothing in our founding documents or in anything said by our Founding Fathers that opposed fair taxation. read more »
[ #SOTU delivered Jan. 27, 2010, as released by the White House ]
Madame Speaker, Vice President Biden, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
Our Constitution declares that from time to time, the President shall give to Congress information about the state of our union. For two hundred and twenty years, our leaders have fulfilled this duty. They have done so during periods of prosperity and tranquility. And they have done so in the midst of war and depression; at moments of great strife and great struggle.
It's tempting to look back on these moments and assume that our progress was inevitable – that America was always destined to succeed. But when the Union was turned back at Bull Run and the Allies first landed at Omaha Beach, victory was very much in doubt. When the market crashed on Black Tuesday and civil rights marchers were beaten on Bloody Sunday, the future was anything but certain. These were times that tested the courage of our convictions, and the strength of our union. And despite all our divisions and disagreements; our hesitations and our fears; America prevailed because we chose to move forward as one nation, and one people.
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I love charts. Anything that visualized data is like *shiny* to me. It also shows that at least someone in Congress or the Senate has been doing their homework. Particularly when pointing out there were more jobs created under the private sector under the Clinton administration than under Bush.
The knee-jerk reaction would be to say, "how partisan". Yet that data on those charts make it hard to debate. Sure, the numbers could be off, but it's the kind of work I am seeing more and more from Democrats in Congress than from Republicans on these video clips from the floor.
Seems the Blue Dogs wanted a spending freeze for the next month (how can that be in the middle of a budget?), but Acuri will take the fiscal bone Obama's throwing them with next year's budgetary apocalypse.