Category Archives: Obama

Rick Santorum – Biggest Idiot this side of the Milky Way.

Ricky wants to be President. That will never happen of course, but to that end he continues to open his piehole and this week was no exception. Playing the race card, Santorum waxed ignorant as is his usual. The following pov is from a rightwing site, the NationalJournal, from their Hotline on Call section:

Referring to Obama’s comment during the 2008 campaign that determining when human life begins is “above my pay grade,” Santorum tees off on Obama, saying: “Just about everything else in the world, he’s willing to have the government do, but he can’t answer that basic question, which is not a debatable issue at all. … The question is — and this is what Barack Obama didn’t want to answer — ‘Is that human life a person under the Constitution?’ And Barack Obama says no.”

Then, Santorum ices the cake: “Well, if that human life is not a person, then — I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, ‘No, we’re going to decide who are people and who are not people.'”

This over-the-top statement is only the most recent from Santorum, whose 18-point drubbing in his 2006 re-election bid was attributed in part to a string of controversial remarks about gender roles and hot-button social issues like gay marriage and abortion.

Political observers following Santorum’s all-but-official campaign have witnessed in recent months a more subdued and calculated Santorum, leading many to wonder if the once-fiery socially conservative senator has turned a corner and learned from the plethora of self-inflicted mistakes caused by his seemingly careless tongue. It appears their question has been answered.

If you like Sarah Palin, you will adore Rick Santorum. We on the left, will have hours of yucks and laughter, not to mention plenty to write that shows how ridiculous the religious right is and how little they have in common with the moderates and the independent voters in our nation. There is a video on NJ’s site but really, do we need to watch it here? Do you seriously want to ruin your lunch?

Welcome back Ricky you sick fuck!

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Current 99r’s won’t be covered under Obama/GOP agreement.

Filched from http://editorialcartoonists.com/

From Campaign for Amerika’s Future: Nothing for the 99ers (And Not Much For Anyone Else).

The deal is done – regarding tax cuts and unemployment benefits extensions — and while we all have a stake in it, most of us won’t get anything of long-term value out of it. Least of all the 99ers — the people who have received benefits for 99 weeks, or more.  I’ve read at least one bit of analysis that the 99ers are basically hung out to dry because there is no extension beyond 99 weeks.

Just to outline this framework: under the deal, the Bush tax cuts for all rate levels would be extended for two years. The estate tax, in a monstrous deal, will be lowered from 2009 levels, with a $5 million dollar exemption and a 35% rate, for two years as well. And, the deal adds what is now an annual patch to the alternative minimum class so it doesn’t hit people in the middle class. In exchange, extended unemployment benefits between 26 and 99 weeks will be continued for 13 months, to the end of December 2011 (costing around $65 billion). …

Given the rate of job creation, it looks like a significant number of Americans will be in the same boat as the 6 million current 99ers

So who exactly did Obama stand ‘up for’ with this ridiculous cave-in to the Corporate bootlickers known as the GOP? 

As I watched the presser, the one time Obama got really animated (read as pissed off) was when he went after the left.

Did Obama just commit political-suicide with this pact he made with the devil..aka..the GOP? Voters are known for having short memories, but if the unemployment rate is still above 9% come 2012, I see no way for Obama to make this go-away.

Bernie Sanders is standing firm in opposing this pact. Buddha Bless that man. I hope other Congress Critters have a set of balls like Bernie. Bernie is on Dylan Ratigans show now and says he will do whatever it takes to keep this agreement from going up for a vote. 

Oh, and fuck Mitch OConnell and his gloating. The GOP just became domestic terrorists to me.

Obama’s NAFTA-style Korea deal…what’s in it for us?

Obama just finished speechifying on my boobtube, defending his ‘trade deal’ known as KORUS with South Korea. He is claiming it will save thousands of American jobs and boost our exports by $11 Billion.

Any time someone calls a trade deal a ‘win-win‘ for both countries, my bullshit meter goes off big time.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) doesn’t feel warm and fuzzy about it either. His statement is up over at FDL today about this cough…great deal for Amerika. From his statement:

“I continue to believe it is a dangerous mistake to pursue the same kind of trade deals that ballooned our deficit and led to massive job loss. We simply cannot keep barking up this tree as American companies fold and American workers face prolonged unemployment. Until we address China’s manipulation and make decisions to reduce our trade deficit, I see no reason to pursue more NAFTA-style free trade agreements.

Anyone that has paid attention since Clinton signed off on the original NAFTA deal has a reason to doubt Obama’s ‘numbers’ on how great this deal is for the U.S. Dave Dayden gives us his take:

So, South Korea would have to wait a bit to flood the US market with cars, but there’s no word on whether they would have to allow in more than a trickle of US-made cars into their market (the numbers from last year: 6,000 US vehicles to South Korea, 500,000 South Korean-made vehicles to the US). And what about beef producers, who also balked at blocked Korean markets?

Keep in mind that this pact has to be approved by the Congress Critters. During the presser Obama just held, he had lots of smiling faces behind him. The UAW also gave their blessing to this trade pact, which is interesting if Jane Hamsher’s piece over at HuffPo (its’s a must read) is correct:

UAW Gets 800 Jobs for Endorsing Obama’s NAFTA-Style Korea Trade Deal, Which Will Cost 159,000 US Jobs.

*snip*

UAW President Bob King decided to endorse trade pact despite strong opposition from his staff.

The UAW then joined with Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan, Vikram Pandit of Citigroup, Tom Donahue of the US Chamber of Commerce and John Engler of the National Association of Manufacturer in congratulating Obama on reaching the deal with South Korea.

Earlier in the day, the White House invited interested parties to a briefing where they announced the NAFTA-style trade pact. They embargoed the story until 7pm, however, so that it could be released in the dark of night.

*snip*

What does the UAW get for selling out American workers? A total of 55,000 additional cars, or about 800 jobs.

The Economic Policy Institute estimates that the Korea Free Trade deal (KORUS) will cost 159,000 American jobs over the next five years.

Sounds like more Corporate fuckery to me, with the help of President Obama…how ’bout you? If the Chamber of Commerce supports this…then my ass is against it…and yes, they are happy as hell about this deal.

Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach released a statement on KORUS today:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and GOP congressional leaders must be gleeful that they are getting the Obama administration to take ownership of another Bush NAFTA-style trade deal that would simultaneously favor their job offshoring agenda and put Obama’s re-election in peril.

Why the administration would consider moving another NAFTA-style trade deal is inexplicable, especially given that export growth under past U.S. free trade agreements was less than half of that to the rest of U.S. trade partners. Bush-era International Trade Commission studies show the Korea deal will increase America’s trade deficit, and Americans across diverse demographics are united in opposition to more-of-the-same trade policy.

Choosing to advance Bush’s NAFTA-style Korea free trade agreement rather than the new trade policy President Obama promised during his campaign will mean more American job loss and puts the White House at odds with the majority of Americans who, polling shows, oppose more-of-the-same job-offshoring agreements.

Merely tweaking the “cars and cows” market access provisions of Bush’s NAFTA-style Korea trade pact but leaving in place the offshoring-promoting foreign investor protections is a slap in the face to the majority of Americans who, according to repeated polls, oppose the same old trade policy that has cost millions of American jobs.

Sounds like more of the same old boss (Bush) bullshit to me..

Obama is anti-business? Give me an effin break!

Obama tells us that the greedy Corporatists at the US Chamber of Commerce are ‘possibly’ being funded by foreign interests and all the business journals go batshit crazy. Personally, I feel there is more of a chance that the CoC is funding their ads with foreign money than there is me buying a pair of shoes this week or me waking up tomorrow morning with an aching back since I have three blown discs. From Bloomberg’s Business Week:

The latest rhetoric may complicate an already tense relationship between the White House and the business community. The Bloomberg Global Poll last month found 77 percent of U.S.-based Bloomberg subscribers say Obama is too anti-business, and his favorability among the 1,408 investors worldwide is down to 49 percent from 73 percent in July 2009.

What a friggin load of horseshit. Obama has kissed the asses of the health insurance industry, auto industry (which I didn’t mind btw), banks, hedge funds, Wall Streeters and a whole friggin list of businesses and corporations with various bills he has signed into law and fucking plenty of what his administration has said and done since he took office.

Are those assholes in the ‘business community‘ just as fucking stupid as the teabaggers? Or are they just the usual greedy bastards who put profit over people..and over everything else?

Obama said what??? You are kidding right?

Thanks to my blogging bud rj, I perused Greenwald’s friday piece over at Salon.

I really didn’t want to mess up my quiet, calm, sunday morning…but hell…here goes.

Friday, our President attended a $30 grand per plate dinner. Bet ya five bucks that I probably wouldn’t of known a soul there if I had the 30 g’s to pony up. But that isn’t the point of my post…the following quote from his speechifying is what boosted my blood pressure:

Democrats, just congenitally, tend to get — to see the glass as half empty. (Laughter.) If we get an historic health care bill passed — oh, well, the public option wasn’t there.  If you get the financial reform bill passed — then, well, I don’t know about this particular derivatives rule, I’m not sure that I’m satisfied with that. And gosh, we haven’t yet brought about world peace and — (laughter.) I thought that was going to happen quicker. (Laughter.) You know who you are. (Laughter.) We have had the most productive, progressive legislative session in at least a generation.

First, to say the Healthcare Reform Bill was historic is true…most of it was written by the healthcare industry and to assuage those fucking Rethugs that didn’t vote for it anyway you dipshit. Most of the ‘good things’ in the bill don’t begin to happen for another four years or so, therefore my 30 year old son, who has never had health insurance as an adult, still can not get any you fucking asshole. And….23 million people will still not have healthcare insurance. Finally, Big Pharma will still get rich off this fucking bill. I could continue, but why bother? Most of you know where the potholes in this horseshit ‘reform bill’ are.

Second…the Financial Reform Bill. Give me an effin break…there was so little financial reform it’s pathetic. You threw a few bones to the masses when you created a few ‘rules of the road’ for credit card companies and that wonderful department that Elizabeth Warren won’t be in charge of… but your friends on Wall Street still, for the most part…get a free-fucking-pass to make millions and millions whilst fucking us all, and with very little, if any, regulations.

Finally, the crack about ‘the most productive, progressive legislative session in at least a generation‘… Who the hell are you shitting there big guy? It sure as fuck isn’t me. You and your stoolie’s in Congress got very little done..unless you count the public whining and bitching you guys did about the Rethugs aka the Party of No, while totally ignoring, publically, the assholes known as Blue Dogs that populate the House and Senate. You look more and more like Bush43 every-fucking-day…whether it’s your lie about the Iraq war ending, your lie about transparency in the federal government, your lie about closing Gitmo, giving civil rights to the LGBT community or my personal favorite… still spying on American’s without a friggin warrant…none of those things you did are progressive values you sumbitch. None, zero, sip, nada.  We kinda fall 180 degrees the other way you fucknut.

Once again, You sir, are so full of shit your eyes are brown. Glad those rich folks enjoyed your visit…enjoy it whilst you can dude because way too many of us progressives are tired as hell of your fuckery, and I for one will probably be voting once again for my cat, good ole Scooter Lee, for President in 2012.