BAM! Nailed it.
From the page: "Why Does Roger Ailes Hate America?"
Edward Luce in the FT: âoeAmerican presidents with the greatest record of bipartisan legislative achievement, notably Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, got their way by intimidating opponents, not by splitting the difference. As Machiavelli famously observed, it is better for a prince to be feared than loved. For all his intelligence, nobody fears Mr Obama.â
Exactly. Arguably this trend started with the decision to appoint Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. I have no complaints with her job performance, but it didnât exactly send an âoeI will crush my enemiesâ message.
From the page: The Axis of the Obsessed and Deranged
From the page: "Obama To GOP: It's Over"
Highlights from Health Care Summit...
Listening to Republicans in Congress is like spending the entire day listening to an ipod full of steamy fart sounds.
From the page: "But it's nevertheless a reminder about why policy discussions with Republicans tend to be pointless. They make claims that aren't true, and after being corrected, repeat those claims again anyway."
From the page: "To be precise, American people want us to scrap THIS bill & then pass all of its provisions"
From the page: "The flailing falsehoods of America's war criminals"
From the page: "Health reform state of play, February 19"
From the page: Dolph Lundgren - Singing Elvis Presleys A little less conversation
The best article on America's Elite you'll ever read.
In short, the way students are treated in college trains them for the social position they will occupy once they get out. At schools like Cleveland State, theyâre being trained for positions somewhere in the middle of the class system, in the depths of one bureaucracy or another. Theyâre being conditioned for lives with few second chances, no extensions, little support, narrow opportunityâ"lives of subordination, supervision, and control, lives of deadlines, not guidelines. At places like Yale, of course, itâs the reverse. The elite like to think of themselves as belonging to a meritocracy, but thatâs true only up to a point. Getting through the gate is very difficult, but once youâre in, thereâs almost nothing you can do to get kicked out. Not the most abject academic failure, not the most heinous act of plagiarism, not even threatening a fellow student with bodily harmâ"Iâve heard of all threeâ"will get you expelled. The feeling is that, by gosh, it just wouldnât be fairâ"in other words, the self-protectiveness of the old-boy network, even if it now includes girls. Elite schools nurture excellence, but they also nurture what a former Yale graduate student I know calls âoeentitled mediocrity.â A is the mark of excellence; A- is the mark of entitled mediocrity. Itâs another one of those metaphors, not so much a grade as a promise. It means, donât worry, weâll take care of you. You may not be all that good, but youâre good enough.
This is EXACTLY how we see the elites treat themselves at the highest pinnacles of power. Blew up the economy, invaded a country based on big lie propaganda and shredded the constitution? A- old chap, and we would never think of holding you to account. Go retire in luxur, that's good fellow.
This guy is the next "big thing" for the Republicans. Of course he's a right-wing extremist that wants to eliminate social security and medicare for everyone. He's the only one in the Republican party being honest at the moment. He is the author of the Republican shadow budget (the budget the Republicans would put in place if they held power in Congress). In this budget he stands by his extremist views to eliminate social security and medicare for everyone. Crazy and extremist, but honest. Kudos for the honesty. More here... http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/02/rep_paul_ryans_daring_budget_p.html#more
From the page: What Obama could learn from Bush... Bush had this right. In his first year in office, he was using recess appointments and running major legislation through the reconciliation process. That normalized those moves for the rest of his administration. Using those tools wasn't a story. The Obama White House, by contrast, is holding those moves in reserve, which has allowed Republicans to paint them as extraordinary measures. But they're not extraordinary measures. They're basic elements of governance in an era of polarization and procedural obstructionism, and the White House should treat them that way.
From the page: Republicans -- Not Obama -- More Often on Wrong Side of Public Opinion
Tthe Republican Party--and some "Democrats"--want to make sure that these people remain in charge of how you get your health care. From the LA Times today:
Anthem Blue Cross is telling many of its approximately 800,000 customers who buy individual coverage -- people not covered by group rates -- that its prices will go up March 1 and may be adjusted "more frequently" than its typical yearly increases.
The insurer declined to say how high it is increasing rates. But brokers who sell these policies say they are fielding numerous calls from customers incensed over premium increases of 30% to 39%, saying they come on the heels of similar jumps last year.