Is this thing still working?
Excellent stuff from MoveOn:
Last week, President Obama unveiled his budget—his blueprint for America—and it's ambitious, amazing, and unapologetically progressive. As Paul Krugman said, it will set America on a "fundamentally new course."1
President Obama called his budget "a threat to the status quo," and trust me, the status quo noticed. Oil companies, big banks and insurance companies are already mobilizing to stop it.2
Unfortunately, most folks don't realize how far-reaching and progressive the plan is—that's where we all come in.
Here are 10 really incredible things about Obama's plan. Check them out and then send them on to your friends and family so that millions of people will have the information they need to fight to make this vision a reality.
- Makes a $634 billion down payment on fixing health care that will go a long way toward paying for a more efficient, more affordable health care system that covers every single American.3
- Reduces taxes for 95% of working Americans. And if your family makes less than $250,000, your taxes won't go up one dime.4
- Invests more than $100 billion in clean energy technology, creating millions of green jobs that can never be outsourced.5
- Brings our troops home from Iraq on a firm timetable, finally bringing the war to a close—and freeing up almost ten billion dollars a month for domestic priorities.6
- Reverses growing income inequality. The plan lets the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire and focuses on strengthening the middle class.7
- Closes multi-billion-dollar tax loopholes for big oil companies. 8
- Increases grants to help families pay for college—the largest increase ever.9
- Halves the deficit by 2013. President Obama inherited a legacy of huge deficits and an economy in shambles, but his plan brings the deficit under control as soon as the economy begins to recover.10
- Dramatically increases funding for the SEC and the CFTC—the agencies that police Wall Street.11
- Tells it straight. For years, budgets have used accounting tricks to hide the real costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush tax cuts, and too many other programs. Obama's budget gets rid of the smokescreens and lays out what America's priorities are, what they cost, and how we're going to pay for them.12
- Stops unnecessary government subsidies to big banks, health insurance companies and big agribusinesses.13,14,15
- Expands access to early childhood education and improves schools by investing in programs that make sure every child has a qualified, strong teacher.16
- Negotiates for better prescription drug prices using Medicaid's tremendous bargaining power.17
- Expands access to family planning for low-income women.18
- Caps the pollution that causes global warming, and makes polluters pay to support clean energy innovation.19
1. "Climate of Change," The New York Times, February 27, 2009
2. "Obama Calls His Budget Sweeping, Needed Change," The New York Times, February 28, 2009
3. "Obama Offers Broad Plan to Revamp Health Care," The New York Times, February 26, 2009
4. "Obama Expects Fight Over $3.55 Trillion Budget Plan," Bloomberg News, February 28, 2009
5. "Energy Budget Is Sunlight After Eight Years of Darkness," Center for American Progress, February 26, 2009
6. "The Economic Cost of War in Iraq and Afghanistan," The New York Times, March 1, 2009
7. "Tax Cuts," The New York Times, February 26, 2009
8. "Energy Budget Is Sunlight After Eight Years of Darkness," Center for American Progress, February 26, 2009
9. "Student Loans," The New York Times, February 26, 2009
10. "Obama unveils budget blueprint," CNN, February 26, 2009
11. "Obama budget would boost SEC, CFTC, FBI," Reuters, February 26, 2009
12. "Obama's budget," Los Angeles Times, February 27, 2009
13. "Student Loans," The New York Times, February 26, 2009
14. "Health Insurance Stocks Dive on Medicare Advantage Cuts," The Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2009
15. "Agriculture," The New York Times, February 26, 2009
16. "Investing Wisely in Our Children," Center for American Progress, February 26, 2009
17. "Obama Offers Broad Plan to Revamp Health Care," The New York Times, February 26, 2009
18. "Obama Offers Broad Plan to Revamp Health Care," The New York Times, February 26, 2009
19. "Setting 'Green' Goals," The New York Times, February 26, 2009
Paul Harvey gone but not forgotten. FAIR remembers one of the most sickening rants ever to pollute American airwaves.
R.I.P.? No fucking way.
The Poor Man quotes Mitch McConnell, speaking at CPAC, the right-wing drooling loon-fest:
…[W]ho wants to hang out with guys like Paul Krugman and Robert Reich when you can be with Rush Limbaugh?
Wait, wait, that’s not the funny part (although it is pretty hilarious). The funny part is TPM’s response:
I’ll say this, Rush definitely has the better drugs. So in a sense, yeah. But only in the sense that certain insufferable pricks become momentarily sufferable if they’ve got the good gear. I’ll do blow with Hitler if he’s got the uncut shit.
These people are just fucking insane. They don’t seem to understand that no sane person would worship a God who wants little babies to get AIDS so mothers can “feel guilt” and “see the negative consequences of that promiscuity.”
It almost makes me wish I believed in any sort of god, so I could take some comfort in the knowledge that He or She or It would smack these fools upside the head when they reached the Pearly Gates. “No, you idiot! You got it completely backwards!”
At first I thought this was a joke:
The ubiquitous Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber” and “Joe the War Correspondent,” will soon add a new moniker to his profile — “Joe the Economist.” Politico reports that House GOP congressional aides decided to invite Wurzelbacher to a meeting on the stimulus in hopes that it will attract some media attention
But no. It’s apparently for real.
I certainly hope that at least some Republicans are profoundly embarrassed by this. But I’m not holding my breath.
Digby finds an awesome quote from Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL):
Rush Limbaugh is a has-been hypocrite loser, who craves attention. His right-wing lunacy sounds like Mikhail Gorbachev, extolling the virtues of communism. Limbaugh actually was more lucid when he was a drug addict. If America ever did 1% of what he wanted us to do, then we'd all need pain killers.
First Democrat in this Central Florida district in 24 years. Nice work!
Tom Tomorrow explains rule #1:
[W]hen you assume that pretty much everything you hear on right wing talk radio is dishonest bullshit, you will rarely be proven wrong
Into your life it will creep:
A top level Republican IT consultant who was set to testify in a case alleging GOP election tampering in Ohio died in a plane crash late Friday night.
Michael Connell -- founder of Ohio-based New Media Communications, which created campaign Web sites for George W. Bush and John McCain -- died instantly after his single-prop, private aircraft smashed into a vacant home in suburban Lake Township, Ohio.
Connell is a long-time GOP operative, whose New Media Communications provided web services for the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Republican National Committee and many Republican candidates. This in itself might have raised questions about his involvement in creating Ohio’s official state election website.
However, the alternative media group ePlubibus Media further discovered in November 2006 that election.sos.state.oh.us was hosted on the servers of a company in Chattanooga, TN called SmarTech, which also provided hosting for a long list of Republican Internet domains.
Larisa Alexandrovna, One of my sources died in a plane crash last night...
Mike Connell set-up the alternate email and communications system for the White House. He was responsible for creating the system that hosted the infamous GWB43.com accounts that Karl Rove and others used. When asked by Congress to provide these emails, the White House said that they were destroyed. But in reality, what Connell is alleged to have done is move these files to other servers after having allegedly scrubbed the files from all "known" Karl Rove accounts.
In addition, I have reason to believe that the alternate accounts were used to communicate with US Attorneys involved in political prosecutions, like that of Don Siegelman. This is what I have been working on to prove for over a year. In fact, it was through following the Siegelman-Rove trail that I found evidence leading to Connell. That is how I became aware of him. Mike was getting ready to talk. He was frightened.
A shiver runs down the spine…
In a Pew survey released today, “just 11% said Bush will be remembered as an outstanding or above average president,” which is “by far the lowest positive end-of-term rating for any of the past four presidents.” Sixty-four percent of respondents said that the Bush administration “will be remembered more for its failures than its accomplishments.” The poll also asked people to describe Bush in a word. The top word that came to mind for 56 percent of respondents was “incompetent“:
Damn shame they couldn’t have figured that out in 2004.
Excellent work from CB8421 over at DKos, who has been painstakingly tracking the Presidential vote totals since Election Day, as many states continue to count and count and count. Here’s the latest summary:
Total votes: 130,222,663
Percent margin: 7.00% (52.77% to 45.77%)
So what most people remember from election night is all those reports that the result was 52-47 or 52-48. The real margin is a full 7 points now, which adds up to more than 9.1 million votes in Obama’s favor.
As CD8421 notes, that’s a mandate.Go read the whole thing.
Music to my ears:
Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.
A team of four dozen advisers, working for months in virtual solitude, set out to identify regulatory and policy changes Obama could implement soon after his inauguration. The team is now consulting with liberal advocacy groups, Capitol Hill staffers and potential agency chiefs to prioritize those they regard as the most onerous or ideologically offensive, said a top transition official who was not permitted to speak on the record about the inner workings of the transition.
In some instances, Obama would be quickly delivering on promises he made during his two-year campaign, while in others he would be embracing Clinton-era policies upended by President Bush during his eight years in office.
"The kind of regulations they are looking at" are those imposed by Bush for "overtly political" reasons, in pursuit of what Democrats say was a partisan Republican agenda, said Dan Mendelson, a former associate administrator for health in the Clinton administration's Office of Management and Budget. The list of executive orders targeted by Obama's team could well get longer in the coming days, as Bush's appointees rush to enact a number of last-minute policies in an effort to extend his legacy.
Oh, and please impound all the hard drives as evidence on Day 1. Kthxbai.
Statement out from Sen. Reid ...
Today Senator Lieberman and I had the first of what I expect to be several conversations. No decisions have been made. While I understand that Senator Lieberman has voted with Democrats a majority of the time, his comments and actions have raised serious concerns among many in our caucus. I expect there to be additional discussions in the days to come, and Senator Lieberman and I will speak to our caucus in two weeks to discuss further steps…
Hang a big red R around his neck and shove him out the door, Harry.
Damn, what a tool:
A commenter at FDL advises Reid, “It’s time to ‘settle all the family business.’”
Can we foreclose on the White House? The current occupant hasn’t been living up to the terms of his agreement.
Being President of the United States is kind of like being a community organizer, only with real responsibilities and 300 million people in your “community.”
Suck on that, Sarah and Rudy.
Wow. The day before the election, and John McCain is drawing crowds that can practically be counted by hand. From the St. Petersburg Times Florida Politics Blog a few minutes ago:
Tampa McCain rally: Where is everybody?
About 30 minutes before John McCain is scheduled to lead a rally outside Raymond James Stadium, looks like there's maybe 1,000 people here. What's up with that? On the day before the election? Bush drew at least 15,000 people to a rally just across the street on the Sunday before the 2004 election.
"We are the quiet majority that goes out and gets things done. ... I smell victory,'' said state Rep. Kevin Ambler. Good thing he smells it, because it's hard to see it with this crowd.
And a half-hour later:
"If you can't round up 1,500 people the day before the election, you've got a serious problem. From an organizational standpoint, they've done a terrible job. ... It could be a long, ugly night tomorrow." --- Republican consultant Chris Ingram of Tampa.
Let’s hope it’s a short night, actually. I’m thinking a concession speech maybe around 8:04PM Arizona time?