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Jack Ass Of The Day

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So, Michael Steele has come out and blatantly called Obama's economic policy a failure. Never mind that it is the Republican party's purposeful obstruction that has prevented a more meaningful and powerful financial stimulus package from being crafted. Never mind, as the preceding graph shows, it was 6 years of George W. Bush's economic policies that created the mess we are in, and that under Barack Obama we are slowly, very slowly, crawling out from that mess.

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Congratulations Mr. Steele, you have earned the coveted "Jackass of the Day Award."

Thank you to Steven Benen of The Washington Monthly for the wonderful graph.
(Kevin Drum) Should we ban businesses from pulling your credit score as part of their hiring process?

If there is a company that wants to know my credit score as part of their hiring decision, then I do not want to work for them. It is obvious that the company is ethically challenged to start with.

Also, it suggests a rather arrogant view of themselves that they would not want to hire people who have been, you know, unemployed due to the decrepit economy for which we can thank 3 decades of conservative rule.

And, in the end, if they need to look at your credit score, then just how pathetic are they at judging people at face value? Also, asking for a credit score means they do not have the ability to appraise the situation as it occurs.

Of course, it could mean that they only want heartless bastards who lack compassion.

Bush's Legacy

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Make no mistake, this $1 Trillion budget deficit is all because of one man; George W. Bush. He was given a surplus and ended up passing on a deficit. Thank you very much Fucknut.

Worse Then Originally Thought

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StarTribune

WASHINGTON - New jobless claims jumped far more than expected last week in an already dismal labor market, and there's no relief in sight for workers as mass layoffs persist.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that the number of laid-off workers seeking jobless benefits rose last week to a seasonally adjusted 626,000, from the previous week's upwardly revised figure of 591,000. The latest total is far more than analysts' expectations of 583,000.

What the hell. Thank you George W. Bush. You were, beyond a doubt, The. Worst. President. Ever!

Can we now all agree that the ideology behind the Republican's push back against the stimulus bill is a complete and utter failure?
MSNBC

The measure would rush bridge loans to Detroit's struggling Big Three but would also demand that the auto industry restructure itself in order to survive and would put an overseer chosen by President George W. Bush in charge of monitoring that effort, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press.
I was hopeful for a good outcome until I read the above graph.

What the hell were they thinking? Hello! Remember Brownie? Katrina? Iraq occupation? The unfinished war in Afghanistan?

This is stupid beyond belief. The man is incapable of leadership. He sure as hell never could assemble anything remotely resembling a successful team. Now congress wants him to pick the person who will oversee the effort to restructure the US auto industry. Where's Einstein when you need him to remind people of the definition of insanity?
CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Republicans on Monday objected to new spending measures that congressional Democrats are considering as they draft a $150 billion economic stimulus package.
What? After these last 7 plus years of mostly Republican majority, they are now going to whine like teenagers who think they know best? The party most responsible for the current economic mess complains the Democrats are spending irresponsibly? Please, give me a break.

Sigh. I keep forgetting that people with a privileged mindset are always going to whine.

Well, in case anyone is noticing, it was a Republican President, with a Republican majority in congress that bloated the National deficit to the point an extra digit had to be added to the debt counter.

Oh, and their idea of helping out the economy. You bet yea! More of the same:

Instead, House Republicans proposed a number of measures that, they say, will "turn the corner towards real economic growth," including:

  • Removing legal barriers to speed up new offshore oil drilling. A law banning offshore drilling expired October 1, but Republican lawmakers say lawsuits could block new offshore rigs and want judges to quickly rule on the cases.
  • Lowering taxes on income that U.S. corporations earn from their overseas subsidiaries.
  • Eliminating capital gains taxes on the sale of homes up to $500,000 for a couple.
  • Suspending capital gains taxes on securities purchased during the next two years.
  • Extending government deposit insurance to business transaction accounts.
  • Directing the government to guarantee inter-bank loans.
  • Yup, more handouts to the rich. None of these will help the middle class. It's all for the rich. For Bush's base.
    Raw Story

    A senior Bush official told Allen the Administration had no desire to herald the Democrats who shepherded the bill through their congressional committees, Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA).
    My God, can he be any more childish and immature? He's a spoiled little brat who is throwing a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way. But he has been childish and immature on numerous occasions.

    The Independent

    As he prepared to fly out from Japan, he told his fellow leaders: "Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter."
    President Bush made the private joke in the summit's closing session, senior sources said yesterday. His remarks were taken as a two-fingered salute from the President from Texas who is wedded to the oil industry. He had given some ground at the summit by saying he would "seriously consider" a 50 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2050.

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    Austin to demand clemency for Karla Faye Tucker. "Did you meet with any of them?" I ask. Bush whips around and stares at me. "No, I didn't meet with any of them", he snaps, as though I've just asked the dumbest, most offensive question ever posed. "I didn't meet with Larry King either when he came down for it. I watched his interview with Tucker, though. He asked her real difficult questions like, 'What would you say to Governor Bush?'" "What was her answer?" I wonder. "'Please,'" Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, "'don't kill me.'" I must look shocked -- ridiculing the pleas of a condemned prisoner who has since been executed seems odd and cruel -- because he immediately stops smirking.

    New York Times

    In short, in a nation that holds itself up as a citadel of free enterprise, the government has morphed from lender of last resort into effectively the only lender for millions of Americans engaged in the largest transactions of their lives.
    All things said and done, it is the government that controls the money. From printing, to distribution, to control of credit, etc., etc., etc. The government is the Alpha/Omaga. There is just no way to get around this simple fact. That is why the cry about getting government out of our lives makes no sense. Without it we have no security, no safety, no pursuit of happiness.

    Also, if free enterprise is so damn self-sufficient and efficient, why the hell are we encountering a recession? Why are we seeing one financial crises after another?

    And yes, all the following are rhetorical. If I had the answers to those questions, I would be a billionaire to rival Gates.

    Actually, I do have a hunch. It has to do with leadership and competence. The state of our country has much to do with who sits in the Oval Office.
    Los Angeles Times

    DENVER -- Squeezed by soaring energy prices, governments around the nation are reacting just like consumers -- changing basic routines, and scrimping and saving in order to get by.

    The El Paso County Sheriff's Department in southeastern Colorado has ended car patrols of its 2,000-square-mile jurisdiction. One Ohio sheriff is putting his deputies into golf carts. Stillwater, Okla., has stopped mowing the grass on nearly half of its parkland. Cleveland is remapping its trash pickup routes to cut costs.

    "I know it's a step backwards," said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, whose deputies will now respond only to calls for help. "But when the dollars aren't there, they aren't there."

    High energy costs have taken a toll on government budgets already strained by the housing collapse. "They have a much more direct role in affecting consumer confidence, which can affect sales tax revenue, which accounts for one-third of state revenues," said Arturo Perez, an analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures.
    Expect crime statistics to increase. Another wonderful legacy of the Bush administration.
    MSNBC

    CHICAGO - United Airlines said Wednesday that it's cutting up to 1,100 more jobs, removing an additional 70 fuel-guzzling airplanes from its fleet and slashing domestic capacity as it tries to cope with spiraling fuel prices.

    The nation's No. 2 carrier said it plans to cut an additional 900 to 1,100 salaried, contract and management employees by the end of the year, in addition to 500 previously announced job reductions. The combined reductions mean the airline is cutting nearly 3 percent of its 55,000 workers worldwide.

    And another corner.........

    G.M. Closing 4 Plants

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    New York Times

    Responding to a consumer shift to more fuel-efficient vehicles, General Motors said Tuesday that it would stop making pickup trucks and big S.U.V.s at four North American assembly plants and would consider selling its Hummer brand.
    Yeeeee Hawwww! Another corner turned! So long 19,000 jobs.

    Tuesday's announcement comes a few days after G.M. said said that 19,000 hourly workers -- a quarter of a unionized work force that already has been drastically pared down -- have accepted buyouts.

    Bark Bark Woof Woof

    In other words, the Republicans, who can't run on their record or rely on the sharp memory of their candidate (Shia? Sunni? Iran? Al-qaeda?) or his plans for revitalizing the economy (ready for more cake?), will do precisely what they're best at: attack their opponent and try to scare the crap out of the electorate without offering anything more than platitudes, nostrums, and the firm assertion that John McCain is most assuredly not George W. Bush; he just plans to do the exact same things he did but without the fake Texas drawl.

    There is no doubt whatsoever that the Republicans will do exactly what Mr. Kristol predicts; that's a given, since it's worked so well the last couple of times. But Mr. Kristol's record for predicting the future is also well-known. He's one of the bunch that said that we would be greeted as liberators in Iraq, that the war would last a couple of weeks or months, that it would pay for itself with the oil revenues that we'd get, and that our influence and model of democracy would turn Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia into the Iowas of the Middle East with freedom and McDonald's springing up on every street corner from Riyad to Damascus. With that kind of record, it really makes you wonder why anyone gives serious attention to anything he says other than to hold it up for mockery and derision.
    When it comes to the success of Mr. Kristol's crystal ball, well,,,,, let's just say his is obviously cracked. However, I think there is one important point against Mr. Kristol's prognostication; Hillary attempted the Mighty Wurlitzer approach. She made several attempts at smearing Obama, with little success. Hell, even attempts by the Mighty Wurlitzer itself have failed to have an impact.

    The problem with using the old approach was it took for granted the independent and [cough] Reagan Democrats [cough]. Back then, there really was no track record for the rabid right wing Republicans. They had managed a good propaganda campaign that imposed a label of incompetence on the Democrats that stuck because there really was no counter argument at the time.

    They do not have that option today. With BushCoâ„¢ having established the true meaning of incompetence, corruption, and bad government, playing to the base will not keep the independents and [cough] Reagan Democrats [cough] in the Republican camp.

    I suspect the rabid right wing minority are replaying the glory days in their heads. But today's electorate map just does not include for them a solid majority of independents and [cough] Reagan Democrats [cough]. That close to 80% of the nation thinks we are heading in the wrong direction ought wake them up to the fact they've lost the swing votes.

    In fact, I would be careful if I was a Republican strategist. There is the distinct possibility we will be talking about either Clinton or Obama Republicans.

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