* Conservatives accuse Barack Obama of going to college, wearing a hat.
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* John Kerry urges media to stop paying attention to somebody or other. (Jugglers, maybe? I don't know. I started zoning out about a third-way through his statement.)
* Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum sign contract to continue hating gay people through 2012.
* Following Tuesday's recall elections, Gov. Scott Walker promises to respect the decisions made by Koch Brother shadow organizations on behalf of the voters of Wisconsin.
* Eric Cantor promises something even better than extended benefits for jobless Americans. No extended benefits.
* "My rent is too damn low." – Rent Is Too Damn High Guy (Directed by M. Night Shyamalan)
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So, this debt ceiling deal that President Obama and congressional Republicans concocted to get America on the path to recovery. I mean, I know it's a little early to tell for sure, but how's that working out so far?
The Dow tumbled 512 points on Thursday, its biggest point drop since Dec. 1, 2008. It's in the red for the year and has fallen more than 10% below the 2011 closing high in April, putting the measure squarely in correction territory.
Oh, but that doesn't mean… Does it?
It has been three decades since the United States suffered a recession that followed on the heels of the previous one. But it could be happening again.
Hmmmmm… I see.
But people have to know that the the President and Congress — in taking us to the brink of financial ruin before deciding to cut trillions of dollars of spending, without bringing in any additional revenue, in a time of extreme economic hardship — were acting in what they believed was the best interest of the nation, right? I mean, people have to know that!
A record 82 percent of Americans now disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job — the most since The Times first began asking the question in 1977, and even more than after another political stalemate led to a shutdown of the federal government in 1995.
More than four out of five people surveyed said that the recent debt-ceiling debate was more about gaining political advantage than about doing what is best for the country. Nearly three-quarters said that the debate had harmed the image of the United States in the world.
Republicans in Congress shoulder more of the blame for the difficulties in reaching a debt-ceiling agreement than President Obama and the Democrats, the poll found.
Okay, but people still think that John Boehner's tan looks totally boss! Right? Right?
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Eric Cantor Protecting His Wealthy Donors from His Wealthy Donors Who Want His Wealthy Donors' Taxes Raised
Sure must be a lonely lonely time for our nation's millionaires and billionaires. Seems like everybody is trying to persecute and terrorize them with modest tax increases. (One day when Hollywood makes a movie about their plight, I think they should cast Jim Caviezel as the Bush Tax Cuts.)
Now even millionaires and billionaires are joining in the gang-up on themselves. Luckily, they have guys like Eric Cantor in their corner working for/against their best interests…
Adding an unusual twist to the political maneuvering, GOP aides say that wealthy donors have approached Cantor to push tax increases…
A few wealthy donors have called Cantor to tell him they wouldn't mind if their taxes are raised. During two closed meetings this week — one with vote-counting lawmakers, and another with the entire conference — Cantor told colleagues that some well-heeled givers have told them they’re willing to pay more taxes. Cantor, according to an aide, has responded that House Republicans aren't standing up for the wealthy, but rather for the middle class, who want to see their taxes stay low.
Oh, well, fantastic news for Cantor and House Republicans then, because the only people advocating raising taxes on the middle class are House Republicans. So, it should be really easy for them to stand up for them. In fact, they can just stand. Or sit. Or lie down and don't do anything.
That'd probably be super effective.
(via Political Animal)
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Confused about the debt ceiling? Don't be! Picture the American economy as a house. The debt ceiling is the creepy guy hiding in the shrubbery with a gallon of gasoline and a book of matches.
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