the Mystery of Obama-ism, pt 1
Alan Silverleib,CNN, "Senate GOP pledges to block all bills until tax dispute resolved"
Nancy Cordes, CBS News, "Unemployed Face Holidays Without Gov't Benefits":
"Tough Choices:" Congress Wrestles with How to Pay for Extending Benefits as Intensity Grows on Debate over Bush-Era Tax Cuts
The republicans are practically giving him the 1990s government shut down shadow-play all over again. It should be a slam dunk for ole Barry, right? Disavow the deficit commission's recommendations, and call the GOP's bluff regarding making the extension of unemployment benefits deficit neutral, linking it to a tax hike on the over 250k set that he winks at and supposedly demonizes. The full-throated, anti-bizarro world argument that raising taxes may actually raise revenue, especially when levied on people who have a lot of it, hasn't been made in a while. But you'd think it wouldn't be a hard sell, right?
But if you are remotely sentient you know he isn't going to do it. I see no point in blaming the tea partiers, they've already done their damage. Obama wants to lose this battle. A while back Rob Payne and I argued about his intelligence, Rob arguing that I was wrong to see Obama as amoral but smart, basically arguing that he was amoral but not very bright- and I'm beginning to think Rob is right. A smarter Barry would realize that if all he does is capitulate eventually this will hurt his re-election chances, and you'd think he'd stop fantasizing about Saint Reagan for just a bit, not for our sakes but just to save his political neck. But I'm guessing he wont see it that way, and obeying the oligarchs who installed him will be more important to him, so the welfare state strip mining project will continue on schedule.
Ruth Calvo, WaPo Writer Blames Public for Unemployment
via Avedon Carol.
Rob Payne, "Every Year"
"Federal Reserve's 'astounding' report: We loaned banks trillions"