ABC, CBS and NBC Ignore The GOP’s “Screwing” of 9/11 First Responders!

Is it any wonder that a political party that was stomped in 2006 and 2008 can make a comeback just two years later? When you have the 3 major broadcast networks ignoring what that party actually does and instead just helps to spread their talking points, what the hell does anyone expect the general public to think? Unfortunately, the masses don’t go out and dig for information, they trust the major networks and newspapers as if they were still being run like they were in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and even some of the 90’s and 00’s. As a political junkie, with a graduate degree in communications, I’ve watched closely with horror as the commercialization, sensationalization (new word, I think…I’m like Sarah Palin now) and Foxification of the news business has happened in the last 10 to 15 years. Here is the source of this rant you are enduring, from Media Matters…

GOP blocks 9/11 first responders bill; ABC, CBS, and NBC ignore the story

December 10, 2010 2:17 pm ET by Eric Boehlert

It was kind of a big deal.

The bill is officially known as the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 and is named after a first responder who died from a respiratory disease attributed to his rescue efforts on the morning of the Sept. 11 terror attack. The bill easily passed the House in September with a rare bout of bipartisan support. The bill’s backers expected passage in the Senate, as well.

But yesterday, every Republican senator voted against the bill. The action was part of the GOP’s obstructionist strategy of not allowing any senate action to proceed until the chamber votes on a bill that will continue to Bush era tax cuts, including those for the very wealthy.


But not at ABC, CBS or NBC. Last night, all three evening newscasts failed to report on the fact that Republicans had voted down a previously bipartisan bill designed to provide medical coverage for Sept. 11 emergency workers. At the major networks, that development was not considered newsworthy.

That’s pretty remarkable. But the larger point here is that Republicans are now practicing an unprecedented brand of obstructionism and they’re doing without having to pay much of a political price. Why? Because the press is giving them a pass. The press is pretending what Republicans are doing is normal and everyday. It’s not. It’s radical.

The Deal In Graph Form – The Cup Is More Than Half Full!

From Steve Benen, THE MAN, in my opinion.

And here is Steve’s explanation of the chart.

I thought I’d go ahead and create a visual for this. The left column shows the cost of the Republicans’ high-end tax cuts in the deal; the middle column shows the cost of President Obama’s progressive priorities like an extension of unemployment benefits; and the right column shows the cost of the tax cuts for those making under $250,000, which both parties generally supported. (The y axis is in billions of dollars.)

And this sentence was also in the post, gotta love real progressives.

Tim Fernholz asked rhetorically, “Was anyone else expecting a $450 billion stimulus this year? Me neither.”

Instead Of Whining – Olbermann, Schultz and Hamsher, Maybe You Ought To Listen And Learn!

This is my favorite part from President Obama’s press conference from yesterday about the deal he just cut with the Republicans. It’s the part that pissed off the “amateur left”…formerly the “professional left” and caused them all to throw themselves prostrate on the floor, kick, scream and cry bloody murder. These self appointed people who claim to be or represent the “base” are full of shit and the only thing they are the base of is a big pile of shit…the media. Get them my president…

That is so fucking awesome. A civics lesson for the neophyte blowhards that are completely full of themselves, yet when I mention their names to any of the hundreds of college students I come in contact with weekly, they say “Who the hell is Ed Schultz” or “Isn’t Keith Olbermann that guy with the giant head on MSNBC”….or “I don’t know who you are talking about.”

Thank you President Obama for getting what you could get before the Evil Party takes over in January. The real base understands that you didn’t want to do it, but had no choice. Keep on doing your job and fuck the talking heads who at this point are muffled because their heads are so far up their asses.

Quit Your Damn Whining, Democrats, and Help The President Fight!

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.

Dealing With Devils and Julian Assange IS Dr. Evil!

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.

Gonna Miss Alan Grayson!

Here is a transcript of a speech by Alan Grayson on the floor of the House of Rep’s. Even though Alan crossed the line a few times in his two years in the house, he was a breath of fresh air in the current political spectrum. I don’t think we’ve heard the last of him, though. Enjoy his opinion on tax cuts, H/T to Crooks and Liars

Madam Speaker, we’ve heard endless braying from the Republicans, time after time, demanding an extension of tax cuts for the rich in this country. They tell us that somehow extending tax cuts for the rich will somehow create jobs. When we’ve had tax cuts for the rich for nine years and I haven’t noticed a lot of jobs being created in nine years.

They tell us it will boost the economy well I haven’t noticed that happening for nine years either. So you have to wonder why they persist in this mania, this obsession of theirs that we need to have tax cuts for the rich when the economy is flat on its back and unemployment is almost 10%. I think I have the answer. The answer turns out to be very simple.

They want tax cuts for the rich because they want a tax cut for themselves. What do I mean by that? Let’s take a look at the people who are really in charge, the ones who actually run the Republican party.

Let’s start with this gentleman here, the man with the cigar, Rush Limbaugh. Doesn’t he look happy? According according to Newsweek, he makes $58.7 million a year, and extending the tax cuts means he’ll have another $2.7 million. Mega dittos, Rush, and mega money. Let’s look at the next one.

Here’s Glenn Beck, according to Newsweek Glenn Beck makes $33 million a year as a pundit and extending the Bush Tax Cuts means a cool $1.5 million for Glenn bBeck’s ongoing imitation of Howard Beale from Network. Now let’s look at the next one.

Sean Hannity. Newsweek says that Sean Hannity, this man of the people makes $22 million a year from his act on Fox. And that means the Bush Tax cuts mean an extra $1 million. $1 million for Sean Hannity. Maybe he can afford some anger management classes. Let’s take a look at the next one.

Bill O’Reilly. He makes a modest $20 million a year from his gig on Fox. That means that the Bush tax cuts give him not quite seven figures, nearly $914,000 of extra cash. It’s easy to see why Bill O’Reilly wants to see the Bush tax cuts extended. And I have to say, he’s no pinhead when it comes to that.

And Now, Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin has made $14 million this year from cashing in on her fame. In fact, she’s done a better job of turning fame into cash than anyone in American history. $14 million. So she wants the Bush tax cuts extended so she can make an extra cool $638,000. As she was — as she would gesture (shoulder shrug.)

And now on to Newt Gingrich, the man who did such a great job of running America in the 1990’s, he wants a second chance in this decade. Newt if you do to us now what you did to us then, we’ll be in trouble. But Newt Gingrich makes $5 million a year from his punditry, he’ll get an extra quarter million dollars a year. An extra quarter million dollars a year from the Bush tax cuts being extended.

Now let’s go on to the big cheese. George W. Bush himself. The man who got us into two endless war. The man who brought us to the brink of national bankruptcy. The man who gave us $4 a gallon gasoline. George W. Bush makes a cull $4.2 million a year, according to Newsweek. That means that extending the bush tax cuts for George Bush means an extra $187,000 in his pockets every single year.

I have a better idea. Instead of placating these people and letting them spew out onto the airwaves their lies about the Bush tax cut ever revealing the fact that they stand to gain millions, millions of dollars each year from their selfish desire to take advantage of the rest of America, let’s do this. Let’s take that money and create jobs.

All that money that the Bush tax cuts are charging us that can create jobs for three million Americans a year. $30,000 job a fair wage for fair work, a dignified wage for dignified work and a way to — a dignified wage for dignified work and a way to help our economy, a better idea than putting money in the pockets of the rich. The problem is not that the poor have too much money, that’s not the problem at all, it’s that they need jobs. Thank you.