The DNC has flooded my (and possibly your) inbox with sequestration facts since Friday afternoon. And if you're like most people you're either looking up from your meal of Top Ramen inside your cardboard box going "huh" or you've been dreading this day ever since you learned you would be directly affected by the $85 billion harsh cuts coming from this bullshit poison pill, crafted by Congress years ago, only to finally come to roost last Friday.
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Roll Call is reporting that a group of Democrats are now pushing for Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to investigate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for his failure to disclose his wife's income. Thomas, like all Supreme Court Justices, is sitting on a life-time seat on the highest court in the land. After almost two decades of not-nary-a-peep out of him on or off the bench, the last few years have been full of odd Thomas news, from his promotional book tour, to his wife's controversial involvement in a conservative Tea Party think tank, to his wife reignighting the Anita Hill debacle by calling Professor Hill's office early one Sunday morning and demanding she apologize for being sexually harassed by Thomas, then ... most bizarrely, having all his "sexcapades" published by his ex-lover Lillian McEwen. Coincidence?
Last night President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress where he, repeatedly, told Congress to "pass this jobs bill." I'm sure he meant, "Pass this damn jobs bill, you unrepentant assholes," but the President always tries to keep his public swears to a minimum. Besides, he had no bone to pick with his team in Congress. All that implied "pass this mutha effer" was for the members of the Republican Party in Congress who enjoy holding up all appointments, filibustering everything and generally accusing the president of doing nothing for jobs when they have this tendency to make sure nothing ever happens by stalling, obfuscating, delaying and denying anything with Democratic Party, presidential whiff to it on Capitol Hill.
With the Obama Presidency (and the constant disrespect this President gets for having the nerve to be president), sometimes it's hard to tell if Republicans are being dicks because the president is a black guy or because the president is a Democrat.
After I wrote my "Big Rant" yesterdiddy about the Debt Ceiling Deal (which later passed the House Monday night and is likely to pass the Senate today), I spent a good period of time fuming to everyone I knew. Friends. People on Twitter. But most of my big ranting was saved for Facebook, where on my personal page a 54 comment thread opened up as I bemoaned this deal and others joined in.
Simultaneously, while I was enraged, I looked for something, anything that would make me feel better about the deal that didn't sound like we just got held hostage for some prorated spending cuts and zero revenue generators, built on the hope that the Bush Era Tax cuts would finally be allowed to expire in 2013 (if there's a more favorable political climate in Congress to do so, since the last time we were going to let them expire they got extended, and that was with fully Democratically-controlled Congress).
As in, if you threaten to collapse the U.S. economy to get some spending cuts, you'll probably get whatever you wanted in the first place. Over the weekend Senate Leader Harry Reid and other Senate Democrats presented a plan that's all tax cuts and no new revenue that President Obama is apparently ready to sign off on. So those months and months of fighting were for nothing. All the talk about no spending cuts without raising revenue -- like letting the Bush tax cuts expire -- was for naught. The hostage takers will get their spending cuts, learning that threatening further economic collapse is a good negotiating tactic as no one is never, ever going to call them on their bluff.
Newt Gingrich, during one of his many logic fails on his cartoonishly bad run for president, told an audience of lookie loos at the GOP's annual Red, White and Blue banquet that because of the high rate of unemployment in the black community Republicans have a possible shot at the black vote. Fascinating. Let's take a closer look, shall we?
Congrats, Democrat Kathy Hochul! You just won one of the most conservative districts in upstate New York! She beat GOP contender Jane Corwin for the seat famously vacated by a randy representative who got his rocks off by sending a friend of mine cell phone camera pictures of himself, then ... later, started e-flirting with transsexual prostitutes. He also liked to party with lady lobbyists, making House Speaker John Boehner all frowny faced. But he stepped down and went into hiding before it got really ugly. Instead it was the GOP who took the heat as the Medicare debate killed their chances in a district that should have been a lock.
After a tough midterm and a lot grumbling of capitulation when it came to his tax/unemployment extension compromise, the lame duck session of Congress turned out to be fruitful after all. The President delayed his Hawaiian holiday to be rewarded with several wins before we rang in 2011, including the passage of the aforementioned tax deal with Republican leaders, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the military, the ratification of the new START treaty to reduce nuclear arms, funds for 9/11 responders and the long-awaited settlement to black and Native American farmers. Was it perfect? No. But was it a slew of needed wins for the public, for civil and individual rights and for those struggling in this recession? To quote the ever quotable sayer of folksy word salad Sarah Palin, "You betcha!"
A win's a win, dagnabit, and Barack Obama is made of it this December.