January 20, 2010 archive

Harry Truman: Phony Democrats

In only one short year, Democrats have managed to redirect away from the Republicans and at the Democrats the rage voters felt at Bush, Cheney and Republicans for destroying our economy and our country .

In only one short year, Democrats drove up deficits to bailout Wall Street and fund two wars nobody wants but Republicans.   They couldn’t manage to reinstate usury laws or Glass-Steagall, but they sure as hell could pass bankruptcy reform just in time for the meltdown.  Only tone deaf, elitist Democrats living in Washington’s bubble could possibly blow blue MA and lose Ted Kennedy’s seat.  

Democrats ran on change and proceeded to deliver Bush and Clinton’s third terms.  And if they think people are angry at them now, just wait until they use deficit reduction to cut Social Security and Medicare instead of raising taxes on the rich and corporations.  

By surrounding Obama with Clinton and Goldman Sachs’ reruns, the idiots in charge of this Party managed to make a liar out of Obama the reform candidate, a hypocrite out of President Obama and destroy the party and country’s desperately needed opportunity for real, fundamental reform.  Instead of a New Deal, a Fair Deal, they gave all of their supporters a raw deal.

Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.


Lessons that should be learned from Coakley’s defeat, but probably won’t be.

Jon Walker makes a very effective argument about why learning the wrong lesson from the defeat of Martha Coakley in yesterday’s Massachusetts Senate race will lead to disaster.

Not only will Democrats lose badly if they adopt this strategy, but they will be laughed at. Republicans never had 59 Senate seats, and that did not stop them from passing the legislation they wanted. Trying to explain to the American people how, despite controlling everything, Democrats cannot do anything, because a mean minority of 41 Republican senators won’t let them, is a message that will go over like a lead balloon. If you try to use that excuse, people will think elected Democrats are liars, wimps, idiots, or an ineffectual combination of all three.

Mr. Obama, Your Job Is Not To Get Re-elected In 2012

President Obama, Remember Who Your Friends Are

Wednesday 20 January 2010

by: Staff, t r u t h o u t | Editorial

In the wake of a crushing Democratic defeat in the Massachusetts Senate race, we find ourselves faced with the one-year anniversary of a spirit-changing day in the history of the United States, the inauguration of President Barack Obama. This odd confluence of events provides an opening for a very timely warning: It is time to remember who your friends are, Mr. President.

Your friends are not the suits on Wall Street, the same ones who fooled Timothy Geithner for years. Your friends are not the timid centrists, who Rahm Emanuel coddles. Your friends are not the giants of the mortgage industry, who fought you tooth and nail to keep the foreclosure crisis out of the courts. Your friend is not George W. Bush, whose crimes you continue to conceal.

Your friends are the progressives across this country, who, when you asked for their faith and inspired them with beautiful words, placed you on their shoulders and carried you to a historic victory.

The progressive movement needs results – we’re too smart to be placated and spun. We’re too cynical – and too determined – to compromise. And, soon, we’ll be too jaded to believe that Democrats are anything but limp windsocks, pointing whichever way the wind blows.

Some have already walked away, according to a recent Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll, which states that 45 percent of Democrats are not likely to vote in the 2010 election.

The Numbers Don’t Lie

You know, being politicians and all, you’d think the Institutional Democratic Party could READ A FUCKING POLL!



“In an election between Scott Brown and the public option, the public option would have won.”

– Charles Chamberlain, political director of Democracy for America


  • by 3 to 2 among Obama voters who voted for Brown
  • by 6 to 1 among Obama voters who stayed home

(18% of Obama supporters who voted supported Brown.)


  • 82% of Obama voters who voted for Brown
  • 86% of Obama voters who stayed home


  • 57% of Brown voters say Obama “not delivering enough” on change he promised
  • 49% to 37% among voters who stayed home

PLUS: Obama voters overwhelming want bold economic populism from Democrats in 2010.

Evidently not!

Morons, assholes, or sell-outs.

Take your pick.

h/t John Amato @ C&L


Afternoon Edition

Afternoon Edition is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 New quake triggers panic in Haiti

by Sophie Nicholson and Stephane Jourdain, AFP

46 mins ago

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – A powerful new earthquake rumbled across the ruins of Haiti Wednesday, sending thousands of already-traumatized survivors running through the streets, screaming in terror.

The 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck at 6:03 am (1103 GMT) Wednesday, eight days after the Haitian capital was leveled by a massive temblor in which at least 75,000 people were killed, and a million left homeless.

“All Haitians are going to die because they are cursed,” said one mother now camping amid the squalor of the Port-au-Prince rubble where countless bodies still lie buried.

The People Vs The Party

Massachusetts isn’t about anything other than one thing….

People Want Change.

If the Dems won’t give it to them….they will look somewhere else.

And in a two party system there is only one place to look.


Analyze, parse, spin, do whatever you want. It won’t change the number one rule of politics…..You can’t argue with the voters. The People still bat last.

“The Lesson of Massachusetts” is very, very, very simple

If you don’t deliver Change, The People will throw you out.

And the Dems are not delivering Change.

They are rearranging the deck chairs on the status quo.

And, Surprise!!!

The people KNOW the status quo is broken.

Broken… unless you are in power, and thus part of the status quo. In which case you can’t see that the status quo is broken because it seems to be working just fine! For you. Until The People throw you out.

Then you can run another campaign promising over and over that you will bring Hope and Change, you can tell The People just what they want to hear….and they will elect you. And then when you get in power and do exactly the opposite of what you promised them….they will throw you out again.

Until you figure it out.

The People want THE SYSTEM to change. Not the deck chairs.

And they don’t REALLY care which Party does it. Because people who have been thrown out of their jobs, homes and health care plans really don’t give a shit about Partys. Unlike the apparatchiks who will be all over the place today trying to blame everyone else….so they can keep their jobs, homes and health care.

So you can either Change The System or go home. Up to you.

But the one thing you can’t do….no matter how much corporate funding you have….is argue against the voter.

Because ultimately, this is still a democracy and the voters still get to decide who runs it for us.

And if you lie to us and tell us you will change The System and then DON’T…

It won’t be you.

Argue with that Rahm. Tell THAT to fuck off. And see where it gets you.

Oh wait….you just did.

The responsibilities of a good political blogger

This is just a short list of what I think the responsibilities of a good political blogger are.  I know we fill up the physical world with garbage:

Here I just wish to suggest ways of producing not-garbage in the political blogosphere.  Opinions below are merely the product of the author.

(Crossposted at Orange)

Stop the Hotter Planet Act of 2010

Our nation's big polluters and their allies in the U.S. Senate are launching a direct attack on efforts to stop climate change.  We must defeat them — right now.  

Today, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is expected to offer an amendment to revoke the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate carbon dioxide.

Sen. Murkowski is trying to destroy the most effective tool we currently have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions — the EPA's Clean Air Act power to reduce CO2 emissions.

Tell your Senators: Vote NO on Sen. Murkowski's amendment to gut the Clean Air Act.

The Clean Air Act gives the EPA power to regulate dangerous pollutants in our air, including greenhouse gases. Right now, that's the only legal authority the federal government has to fight climate change.

Sen. Murkowski's agenda isn't hard to understand: fossil fuel lobbyists helped write the original version of her amendment,1 and she is Congress's top recipient of campaign contributions from the massively polluting electric utility industry.2

We expect the vote on Murkowski's amendment will be close, and that some Senate Democrats will vote for it.

Tell your Senators today: Defend the Clean Air Act and vote NO on Sen. Murkowski's amendment.

Open Derision


Learning from Massachusetts …

Scott Brown’s victory provides clear lessons for both Democratic Party and Republican Party operatives.  The question: whether these operatives will read the tea leaves correctly or incorrectly and, therefore, what measures they will take walking away from the situation.

Briefly, for the Republican Party, the message is clear: essentially every single seat is up for grabs in this fall’s elections if (a) they have a photogenic candidate, (b) maintain message discipline with truthiness-laden attacks on all policies, (c) avoid mentioning “Bush” (and invoke “Reagan”), and (d) if the Democratic Party “establishment” fails to heed the lessons of Massachusetts.

Now, as in New Jersey and Virginia, much of the Democratic Party knashing of teeth will resolve around Martha Coakley’s failures as a candidate (from failure to take the election seriously to, in the debate, stating that this was “Ted Kennedy’s seat to …).  There is (substantial) truth to these complaints, but this was not the core of what went on in Massachusetts (although, a more robust / stronger campaign and a Brown surge wouldn’t have seriously threatened Coakley).

From this election, many will propagate a message that “Obama is too left” and that “voters think he’s trying to do too much”.  This, however, simply flies in the face of both polling and on-the-ground reality.

Vision Quest

One vision has Scott Brown getting “Wellstoned”.  You may should you care to lookup Senator Paul Wellstone and the “CT” community’s thoughts on his demise.

The other big one is the second quake.  Prophets say natural disasters get in the way of the Illuminati Plan to dominate the globe.

Let me inject my take on Scott and things the people just don’t know yet feel.

Obama’s Stimulus is Working: Employers are hiring !!!

India Outsourcers Hiring Staff as US Demand Grows


Published: January 20, 2010

Filed at 9:44 a.m. ET

MUMBAI, India (AP) — India’s top three outsourcing companies are ramping up hiring and increasing pay as global corporations, mainly from the U.S., send more work offshore to cut costs as they emerge from the downturn.

Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, and Wipro expanded their global workforces by an average of 5.1 percent last quarter, together adding 16,701 employees, company documents show — an early sign that the Great Recession may ultimately benefit India as cost-conscious companies outsource more work, just as they did after the dot-com bus….

Heck of a job there, O.

Contrast the US response /stim to France:

Ghosn was summoned to meet Sarkozy after France’s second- largest carmaker floated the idea of shifting production of the next Clio compact car to its plant in Bursa, Turkey. The suggestion came after France spent about 600 million euros to boost car sales and provided Renault with 3 billion euros of aid in the face of the worst recession since World War II.

“We haven’t invested all this money supporting our carmakers just to see all the factories moved overseas,” Sarkozy told lawmakers in the National Assembly Jan. 13. The French state is also Renault’s biggest shareholder with a 15 percent stake.

That’s what could have been.

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