Poor Pres Obama. As things stand, he is losing on all fronts. Nothing is working and nobody seems to appreciate that his Grand Sell-Outs Compromises on the Recession (bank bail-outs), healthcare (insurance corpo toadying) and deficit-cutting (say bye-bye to Medicare) are THE BEST THAT ANYBODY COULD DO. Rahm told him so. But there is one success he can brag about: he’s got whacko movement conservatives and liberals talking to each other. It’s bi-partisanship at last!
After a solid year of GOP refusal to help him do anything at all (a refusal any monkey with opposable thumbs could have predicted), Barry’s insistence on bipartisanship has finally borne some fruit, though not exactly the way he meant it to. See, the bipartisan committee on deficit-cutting got rejected by the Senate but the rejection was bipartisan. That counts, doesn’t it?
The Senate Tuesday rejected a plan backed by President Barack Obama to create a bipartisan task force to tackle the federal deficit this year despite glaring new figures showing the enormity of the red-ink threat.
The special deficit panel would have attempted to produce a plan combining tax cuts and spending curbs that would have been voted on after the midterm elections. The measure went down because anti-tax Republicans joined with Democrats who were wary of being railroaded into cutting Social Security and Medicare.
Now that’s bipartisanship, right? Working together for a common goal even if you have different reasons for targeting that goal. The Pubs just want to stop everything Obama is doing because he’s not a Republican and they’re against non-Republicans. The liberals want to stop what Obama is doing because it’s essentially Republican.
Wait. Maybe their reasons aren’t as different as I thought….
Anyway, the point is that they’re sharing, they’re communicating, they’re finding common ground. OK, so the common ground is they’re ganging up on Obama. That’s not important. What’s important is that Obama’s mania for consensus govt is working, and that’s more than I personally thought could ever happen.
Props, Barry. You did the impossible. You united everyone, even crazy Pubs and prog Dems. You just united them against you. That might be a downside.
‘Course, the BD/OGOP leadership is ready to take that 59-vote minority of theirs and make sure nobody makes any trouble because they know that as the New Democrats are also the New Minority and can’t get anything done. To that end, Steny Hoyer is going to help your Bipartisan Ship of Non-State by forcing the House to accept the terrible Senate healthcare bill with the specious, not to say absurd, argument, “We’ll fix it later.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the goal remains to pass far-reaching legislation that would expand coverage, reduce costs and improve quality. But the Maryland Democrat acknowledged “there are no easy choices” after Democrats lost the Massachusetts Senate seat — their 60th vote — and with it undisputed control of the congressional agenda.
Democrats now have four options, Hoyer said: No bill, a scaled-back measure designed to attract some Republican support, the House passing the Senate bill, or the House passing the Senate bill with both chambers making changes to bridge their differences.
Now let’s see…. I wonder which one the ND/OGOP leadership of Pelosi/Hoyer will pick….
Democratic leaders are coalescing around the idea of the House passing the Senate bill, with both chambers agreeing to follow-up legislation that would settle major differences.
Oh. And why is that?
[M]oderate Democrats say forging ahead with sweeping legislation would risk a backlash from voters already turned off by 2,000-page bills seen as a big government power grab. Instead, they’re arguing for more modest legislation built around elements that can attract some Republican support.
Right. Having misread the Mass Message from back-to-front, obviously the answer is for the ND/OGOP to get more conservative. Naturally. Of course, there ared problems with that. Like democrats getting tired of having to vote like Republicans. His new “populist” initiative is liable to run into some problems in the House.
President Barack Obama’s push to create jobs includes a new tax credit for small businesses that add employees, an idea that fell flat in Congress last year and continues to have skeptics this year.
The idea has appeal as the nation struggles with an unemployment rate topping 10 percent. But House Democrats left out Obama’s proposal when they passed a jobs bill in December because they didn’t know how to target the credit effectively. The Obama administration still hasn’t provided details on how the tax credit would work, and some tax experts question whether it would.
Well, you know. Details. Yuk. They’re boring and they don’t lend themselves to high-flying rhetoric or political poetry, so Obama ain’t so good at stuff like that. He leaves that shit to Steny and Harry to work out, and they just ask Ben Nelson and Joe “I Want to Run as a Republican” Lieberman what they should do and then they do it. Simple.
It’s all good as long as the corporations are happy. And they are.