Nicole at Political Ruminations has a post up that gives some perspective to the deal the President just struck with the Evil Party. It has to suck to be in a Whitehouse that has no one to cover their backs, no one to help you put up the good fight against the lockstep Evil Party, no one to help you sway public opinion, no one to help explain nuance….but a whole hell of a lot of people who point fingers at you, call you names, are impatient and lazy and who are still bitter that an unknown black guy swooped in and won the presidency. From ABC, courtesy of Nicole…
“We wanted a fight, the House didn’t throw a punch,” a senior White House official tells ABC News, pointing out that for months before the 2010 midterm elections, President Obama was making the case against the Bush tax cuts for wealthier Americans. “The House wouldn’t vote before the Senate, and the Senate was afraid they’d lose a vote on it.”
“It was like the Jets versus Sharks except there weren’t any Jets,” the official said. “Senator Schumer says he wants a fight? He couldn’t hold his caucus together.”
“This isn’t a debate in a lab somewhere,” the official continued. “People’s taxes were going to go up, and then we were going to have a Senate with a slimmer margin and House under Republican control.”
Another senior White House official said that under the new Congress, it was likely all the White House would have been able to get as a concession was maybe seven months of extended unemployment insurance, as opposed to the current deal — with a payroll tax reduction, business write-offs for investments, and continued child and college tuition tax credits.
What a drag that President Obama had to deal with those motherfucking Republicans. I personally think he should have let the tax rates expire for everyone and then beat the Republicans over the head with it incessantly. The bitch of the whole thing is that the GOP continues to hold American workers hostage for their rich benefactors. The unemployment extension is a great thing for all those folks who got crushed by the Bush recession and for the fact that it will keep money in the economy…it is much needed, it sucks that it was in exchange for giving tax breaks on income over $250 K. I’m afraid the next two years are going to be hell with the current configuration of our national government. Especially since the idiots in the “firebagger brigade” scream every time the president compromises on anything. Those dumb shits can’t seem to understand how Washington works or more likely, they do understand, but pretend not to so they can beat up on President Obama. He’s not Hillary, you know? He’s not Ralph Nadar, you know?
I’m not a fan of Julian Assange and his rat fink Wikileaks website. I’m sure the trolls out there think it is just because President Obama is in the Whitehouse, which isn’t the case at all. Assange has clearly shown that he isn’t about whistleblowing, he’s about power. He’s about fame…well, I think the man has gone a little bit too far and is crossing into infamy territory. It is one thing to expose atrocities and attempt to bring justice for those that were affected by it, but it is quite another to just dump diplomatic cables into the public sphere that serves no other purpose than to embarrass the United States and other countries. Oh, and fuck with our diplomatic efforts which for the most part is how we prevent wars, establish trading relationships and keep our partnerships cozy in the event of some catastrophe. When I heard about this “poison pill” that Assange claims to have that he will release on the world if he deems it necessary, it sounded an awful lot like Dr. Evil to me, how about you? Actually, I thought more about the Dreyfus character in The Pink Panther Strikes Again who kidnaps a scientist to build the disintegrator ray to hold the world hostage until Clouseau is killed. I also thought about the old Batman television series, I think there might have been a “poison pill” in one of those episodes. I was reading one of the character assassination pieces that is already springing up against one of the women who is accusing him of “rape” and what did I come across, a link to Firedoglake. Imagine that?
We live in a fucked up world, people. The village idiots have taken over the Republican party and the corporate media is helping them take and keep power. When you add to that, the boneheads on the left like Hamsher, Greenwald and the rest who don’t understand how they are weakening the Democratic party and lessening their chances for ANY progress in the future…things really don’t look very good in the near future. I might have to start drinking.