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Rise and Shine

Four years ago – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance while the band Earth, Wind and Fire performs at the Governors Ball in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 22, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today:

11:0: President Obama and VP Biden attend the Democratic Governors Association Meeting (Closed press)

11:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

12:15: President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan; VP Biden also attends

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Steve Benen: …. it’s puzzling that David Brooks based his entire column today on an easily-checked error. The conservative pundit insists President Obama “declines to come up with a proposal to address” next week’s sequester mess, adding, “The president hasn’t actually come up with a proposal to avert sequestration.”

I’ll never understand how conservative media personalities get factual claims like this so very wrong. If Brooks doesn’t like Obama’s sequester alternative, fine; he can write a column explaining his concerns. But why pretend the president’s detailed, already published plan, built on mutual concessions from both sides, doesn’t exist?

Full post here

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Jonathan Chait: ….. David Brooks today devotes his column to upholding the known truths of BipartisanThink. He lashes out at the obstinacy of the Republican Party and its refusal to compromise on the deficit. But he has to balance it out by asserting that President Obama, too, lacks any such plan….

….. This is demonstrably false. Whatever you think about the substantive merits of Obama’s plan, it does exist. Obama has a proposal to replace sequestration with long-term deficit reduction that includes a mix of entitlement spending cuts and higher revenue. He talks about it all the time…..

Full post here

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Greg Sargent: ….. some questions for the “blame it on both sides” crowd: ….. What more, if anything, could Obama actually do to win cooperation from today’s Republican Party on averting the sequester, short of giving in to the GOP demand that we replace it only with spending cuts? Republicans say no compromise to avert the sequester is acceptable. That’s not an exaggeration: It’s the party’s explicit, publicly stated position. What more specifically could Obama do to change this, short of accepting the GOP’s terms? If the answer is “nothing,” then why are both sides equally to blame?

Full post here

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NYT: President Obama is just seven days away from the first significant test of his second term as deep spending cuts loom, yet inside the White House a clear sense of confidence stands in contrast to the air of crisis that surrounded previous fiscal showdowns with Republicans.

The confrontation holds peril for both the president and Republicans. But for now, Mr. Obama believes he is acting from a greater position of strength, advisers say, pointing to several recent polls that show he holds an upper hand in the budget debate.

More here

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Read Steve Benen here

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NYT: Under pressure from the health care industry and consumer advocates, seven Republican governors are cautiously moving to expand Medicaid, giving an unexpected boost to President Obama’s plan to insure some 30 million more Americans.

The Supreme Court ruled last year that expanding Medicaid to include many more low-income people was an option under the new federal health care law, not a requirement, tossing the decision to the states and touching off battles in many capitols.

More here

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Read the stories here

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TPM: Vice President Biden told an audience Thursday in Connecticut that things have changed in the gun violence debate — the politician who has to worry now is the one who votes against new regulations on firearms purchases, rather than the one who votes for them.

That’s a big change in the conventional wisdom, which has long held that taking on the gun rights lobby is at best risky and at worst suicidal. But Biden’s not the only one saying it — Democrats are gearing up to make support for gun control a key plank in their 2014 platform.

More here

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OFA

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Read Stonekettle Station’s brilliant post on John McCain here (Thanks 99ts)

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Charles Pierce: It looks like the long slog of Chuck Hagel toward the corner office of the Pentagon …. may be coming to a successful conclusion. However, this will not happen until Huckleberry Closetcase and his followers have their say about this whole sad episode…again.

…. All 15 of the signatories to this appeal to bipartisanship are Republicans. They include some of the dimmest lights in the entire chandelier ….. Of course, the number of signatories jumps to 25 if you count all the phantoms hiding under Lindsey Graham’s divan. Many of whom appear to speak to him in Farsi.

Full post here

“Huckleberry Closetcase”? I wept.

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@TeaPartyCat

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@AriBerman

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TPM: How The Voting Rights Act, Now In Danger, Came To Pass And Shaped History

On March 15, 1965, a week after Alabama state troopers brutally attacked civil rights protesters in Selma, President Lyndon Johnson delivered a stirring speech to a joint session of Congress introducing a bill to end voter discrimination against blacks.

The law that it gave birth to, the Voting Rights Act, now hangs in the balance, with oral arguments next week before the Supreme Court. Five conservative justices are skeptical that a centerpiece of the nearly-half-century-old law is constitutional.

More here

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ThinkProgress: Rep. K. Michael “Mike” Conaway (R-TX) has been among the most vocal critics of federal spending, claiming that massive cuts would actually create more jobs. But as he publicly pushed to stop “wasteful government spending,” he privately lobbied the National Park Service to turn the childhood home of former President George W. Bush into a National Park.

More here

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Four years ago – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance while the band Earth, Wind and Fire performs at the Governors Ball in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 22, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOoooOOooorning!


93 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 cookemom
    February 22, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Up and at ‘em, all you O’s!!!! Time to bake the donuts on this great getting up day in TODsville!!! C’mon everybody, let’s shake, rattle, and roll!! Off to shovel the lower 40!!! TTYL.

  2. 5 ranman11
    February 22, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD family. I hope everyone has a super fantastic Friday. TGIF

  3. 6 JER
    February 22, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Good Morning Everybody!

    • 7 jackiegrumbacher
      February 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Good for Plouffe, Jer. Love the way he lays it out and takes no prisoners and does it in 140 characters.

  4. 8 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Fighting back against lies. I knew Brooks was a moron but seriously? To flood a piece with 100% lies and not think you’d get called out? The hubris of some of these folks is jaw dropping.

    • 9 anniebella
      February 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

      As I have said before the Republicans , these radical extreme women hating, racists Republicans have a problem with the truth, and thank goodness Americans has realize that too.

  5. 10 swbluega
    February 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Happy Friday Everyone!!!

    Congrats Cookemom!

    “We are made for this moment and we can seize it as long as we seize it together.”

    ___President Barack Obama; 2013 Inauguration Speech.

  6. 14 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2013 at 9:18 am
  7. 16 Bill
    February 22, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Morning Joe featured David Brook’s Op-Ed piece as he ranted the first half hour this morning about the lack of leadership of PBO. The lies of the MSM do have power. Morning Joe nor Brooks received no push back. Reverend Al was lackluster in defending PBO, and Ed Rendell said PBO should be more like he was as governor. Morning Joe intimidates his guests.

    “Huckleberry Closetcase” is the most hilarious name I have heard in ages.

    • 17 swbluega
      February 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Which is why we see the President going directly to the people. Not even the Democratic leadership did much to push his message during the first term. Some even tried to disassociate themselves from some of the accomplishments of the first term.

    • 18 cookemom
      February 22, 2013 at 9:30 am

      I think Rev Al doesn’t allow Joe to pull him into a shouting match or a great debate that Joe would love to have. It’s his show and he loves being the mouth that roared. The Rev knows this and won’t give him the satisfaction. He sits there until Joe addresses him and then makes his remarks and observations. He remains calm and the perfect guest, much to Joe’s dismay. One thing you won’t see is Joe on the good Rev’s show. There, he wouldn’t be head honcho. You’ll notice, Joe only ventures into friendly territory. Every since his take down, by then relatively unknown Rachel Maddow, he stays in the comfort of his own show.

      • 19 Bill
        February 22, 2013 at 9:35 am

        Good point about Reverend Al. I am sorry Morning Joe did not hear me yelling at the teevee. Morning Joe has no curiosity about learning anything. He only looks for talking points to back up his rwnj beliefs.

        • 20 cookemom
          February 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

          yep and he’s a frustrated wanna be congress critter. he could very well win an election in his little town in Fla. where he ran unopposed, but brag how he won by a wide margin. Too bad he can never throw his hat in the ring again. That dead intern and his questionable resignation will forever haunt him. He coulda been a contenda, but instead he takes that frustration out by flailing and wailng from the confines and safety of the studio.

    • 21 utaustinliberal
      February 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

      It’s not Rev. Al’s job to get into a shouting match with a moron like Joe Scarborough. If you notice, Joe doesn’t like to take on Rev. Al like he does with others because Rev. Al is no weakling. I’ve seen Rev. Al make Joe look like a fool countless times but maybe he’s decided it’s not worth it to him to yell over and over again that 1+1 = 2 and not 3. That would be like hitting his head on a wall.

      Rev. Al has his own show with bigger viewership than Morning Joe and more diversity in terms of race, age, and political affiliation. Joe doesn’t get invited on Rev. Al’s show to spew lies. Rev. Al has a bully pulpit that he uses everyday to point out Pres. Obama’s accomplishments and alert the public about the GOP’s lies and disgusting politics and policies.

      Rev. Al is wise to use the tactic he does. It’s no skin off his nose for him to sit back and watch Scarborough make a fool of himself. It’s comedy hour for everyone.

    • 22 anniebella
      February 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Did any one contact Morning Joke and tell him that he and David Brooks are lying concerning the President not putting forth a plan to stop this sequestration. And I’m surprise at Rev. Al not stepping up to the plate, Rendell not surprise, he and Chris Matthews allow Michael Steele to lie about this same thing, with no pushback.

  8. February 22, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  9. 24 desertflower
    February 22, 2013 at 9:23 am

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-20/john-boehners-sequester-gift-to-democrats

    Over at New York magazine, Jonathan Chait has a good post explaining how John Boehner has trapped himself on the looming budget sequester. What Boehner desires most is to cut entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid—or, to employ the euphemism Boehner himself uses in today’s Wall Street Journal, to “reform America’s safety net and retirement-security programs.”

    The problem, as Chait points out, is that cutting these programs is deeply unpopular. Boehner has not proposed how he would do so—he doesn’t dare. He needs the political cover of Democrats’ cooperation but won’t entertain the new tax revenue necessary to secure it. As a result, he’s almost certain not to get the cuts he wants. Meanwhile, his own party may be headed for a crack-up.

  10. 25 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Fantastic piece by Greg Sargent.

    • 26 swbluega
      February 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Good question. The GOP has already shown that they’re willing to bite their nose to spite their face. They don’t even try to hide the fact that they are being obstructionists anymore.

  11. February 22, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Jonathan Chait: ….. David Brooks today devotes his column to upholding the known truths of BipartisanThink. He lashes out at the obstinacy of the Republican Party and its refusal to compromise on the deficit. But he has to balance it out by asserting that President Obama, too, lacks any such plan….

    ….. This is demonstrably false. Whatever you think about the substantive merits of Obama’s plan, it does exist. Obama has a proposal to replace sequestration with long-term deficit reduction that includes a mix of entitlement spending cuts and higher revenue. He talks about it all the time…..

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/02/david-brooks-obama-plan-birther.html

  12. 28 amk for obama
    February 22, 2013 at 9:29 am
    • 29 dotster3
      February 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

      I think it’s infuriating, unless, of course, everyone accused of shooting his girlfriend 4 times with a non-plausible explanation is granted bail in South Africa. Grabbed the world’s attention as all await to see if there is a different justice for the rich and famous.

      • February 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

        The cheer from one of his supporters in the court (don’t know if it was family or a friend) when the Judge announced he was getting bail was disgusting – they really seem to be vile people, every time I see them on TV they’re laughing and joking. Oh boy.

      • February 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

        I’m sorry but I’m getting the impression that the justice system there is a circus.

      • 32 99ts
        February 22, 2013 at 9:57 am

        I have never doubted that the law favors the rich and famous – everywhere. Rich probably being more important than famous – although both contribute. Rich means you can afford the best lawyers – famous means they want to work for you (good publicity for the lawyer).

        Even when it is only fighting a parking ticket or DUI (slightly more important) having the money for a good lawyer is a massive help.

      • 33 sherijr
        February 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

        I’m having a hard time with this case… I just don’t understand WHY he would want to murder her?? From the accounts, they’d only been together a couple of months- how much animosity/hate could have possibly built up in such short time.. it just seems plausible to me that this guy was so paranoid that his state of mind could have caused him to react so foolishly. I’m looking for more details.. and I don’t feel at all trusting of the prosecution considering the cop involved sounds like a nut himself.. and the prosecution leaped to conclusions about the ‘drugs’ in Pestorias’ home. Although admittedly I have not seen the family- or tv interviews as I don’t watch tv, just read the articles posted thus far on msn.

      • 34 amk for obama
        February 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

        a well to do white dood kills his equally well to do gf for whatever reason. It’s a meh at best and definitely not a bfd the media asshats make it to be.

  13. February 22, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Michelle Obama And Race In America

    February 21, 2013

    A post-racial president? Not so fast, says Wellesly social scientist Michael Jeffries. We’ll talk about his new book on the state of race and class and gender in Obama’s America.

    Guests

    Michael Jeffries, Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and assistant professor of American studies, studies race, gender, politics, identity, and popular culture at Wellesley College. His new book is “Paint the White House Black: Barack Obama and the Meaning of Race in America.”

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    Michelle Obama has been the subject of numerous portrayals in the media that many consider racist. You can find some examples of controversial cartoons here, here, and here.

    WBUR “Obama’s name appears in the titles of courses at colleges and universities across the country, and even those that don’t pitch themselves as classes about the president are full of Obama-related reading and discussion; “Obama Studies” is emerging.”

    The Atlantic “One of the iconic moments of late Bush-era America came when Kanye West wandered off script at a Hurricane Katrina telethon and boldly proclaimed, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Despite some obvious political and personal differences between Bush and Barack Obama, the current president has also been criticized for taking black supporters for granted and failing to advance a policy agenda that effectively combats black suffering.”

    Wellesley College “We need to move away from “great man” or “great woman” explanations for historical change. President Obama is a supremely talented politician, and an important thinker and speaker in many ways, but he operates within all sorts of constraints. Likewise, our impressions of the president are constrained by our cultural context—the language we use, the images we see, and the stories that are amplified by media outlets become the raw material for building our own personal models of Barack Obama.”

    http://radioboston.wbur.org/2013/02/21/jeffries

    • 36 Bill
      February 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

      The denial of the “great man” or “great woman” explanation of history by arguing there are restraints seems absurd. “Great men” and “great women” change history by overcoming constraints and not allowing the constraints to deter them.

    • February 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

      What exactly do his critics want President Obama to do for Black Americans? Passing health care reform to me was a great boon for African Americans and other minorities who lack health insurance. The Lilly Ledbetter law helped African American women (as well as other women) to ensure equal pay for equal work.

      If something could be done about gun violence, that would greatly help African Americans (especially those living in inner cities). And I’m sure there are other laws that could help African Americans (directly or indirectly).

      I’m just not understanding the whining coming from some elite commentators about President Obama not doing anything for African Americans.

      • 38 dotster3
        February 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

        Agreed. Many still don’t understand that President Obama is president of ALL the people and that his objectives and policies are geared to lift up All people.

  14. 39 sherijr
    February 22, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I have to disagree with Lawrence a wee bit… I don’t believe its so much ‘the government’ that Mitch McConnell and his ‘staff’ hate.. I believe it is the government under President Obama that they hate.. McConnell loves the US govt just fine for the paycheck/benefits he gets.. the power he has- its that Black President he despises & distrusts… which is exactly why he has hired like-minded staff.

    • 40 sherijr
      February 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

      ohhh and Happy Friday~good morning everyone :) Good roundup this am Chips.. enjoyed that Charles Pierce article, he can be a wonderfully funny & spot on writer at times.

    • 41 jackiegrumbacher
      February 22, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Well, sherjr, his hatred of PBO is great, but he would have contempt for and work against any Democratic president. These guys think Republicans have a divine right to the presidency

      • 42 sherijr
        February 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

        oh I agree… republicans are completely delusional ;)

      • February 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

        THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 44 99ts
        February 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

        I see it as a “divine right to rule” jackie. – much more than their “right to the Presidency”. A republican President does not need super majorities in both houses to implement his legislation – any democratic President needs overwhelming support – just to get his administration people in place – let alone pass laws

  15. February 22, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Nobody seems to mention that raising the minimum wage is a stimulus package in its own way: Give (relatively) poor people extra money, and it is almost certainly spent in their local economy, stimulating growth there.

  16. 48 jackiegrumbacher
    February 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

    We have been working here on the local front to encourage Latino candidates to run for local office as stepping stones on the political ladder. As I’ve mentioned ,we’re putting together a workshop/forum on Latino political power this spring so Latinos can learn about the potential political power they have when they work together. Well, I’ve just learned that two Latinos have decided to step forward to run for City Council, as well as a bi-racial Latino/AA candidate. We will also this year have an African American woman running for City School Board. This is a great development that I hope will bring Latino voters to the polls in the kind of off year election that draws few such votes. Wish us luck.

  17. 51 dotster3
    February 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Speaking of gun violence—Ret. Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, best known for leading the Katrina response, in Chgo, suggests Chgo needs to seek state and fed. help, even calling up the Natl Guard, to get control of the gun violence in the city. It’s bad enough that armed gang members are shooting each other in fake territory disputes but more and more they are just firing indiscriminately into groups of kids and many innocent lives are being lost, as the last few well-publicized deaths have made clear. I don’t know if this is the answer, but something needs to be done when residents do not feel safe walking in their neighborhoods even in broad daylight. Out of control—over 500 shooting deaths so far this year.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-violence-honore-20130222,0,2012172.story

    • February 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

      I agree. There needs to be some drastic action and declare a state of emergency or law that will allow the national guard to help in keeping the peace so that the police can remove guns from the hands of these gangs. Being in a gang is not a crime but if any of them have a felony they should not carry a gun. There is not ONE state in the union that does not have a gun violence problem and it seems to always be with people who acquired them legally.

  18. 53 Ladyhawke
    February 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Will the Border Ever Be Secure Enough for Immigration Hawks?

    By Molly Ball

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    Border security could be the issue that kills immigration reform. And yet, by most measures, the U.S.-Mexico border has never been safer.
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    The common assumption, O’Rourke told me recently, “is that the border is not secure.” In fact, by almost any measure — crime, unauthorized border crossings, resources devoted to border patrol — the U.S.-Mexico border has never been more secure than it is now.

    The problem for the immigration debate is that those who claim we need more border security are rarely called upon to prove it. No one has proposed a set of concrete standards; rather, some are calling for a subjective evaluation to be made by border-state governors, some of whom have political incentives to exaggerate the threat — and track records of doing so.

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    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/02/will-the-border-ever-be-secure-enough-for-immigration-hawks/273386/

  19. February 22, 2013 at 9:51 am
  20. February 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

    OFA National Day of Action 2/22. We have >170 people signed up for our rally on gun sanity in downtown Portland today. Wish us peace and luck with the press.

  21. 59 desertflower
    February 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Off to work….fight on! Have a great day:)

  22. 60 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2013 at 10:03 am

    HEADS UP: First Lady Michelle Obama will be on Jimmy Fallon tonight at 12:35PM ET / 11:35PM CT on NBC.

  23. 61 Ladyhawke
    February 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

    SENATOR ORRIN HATCH: THE SEQUESTER WILL BE DEVASTATING FOR UTAH BUT I’M FOR IT ANYWAY.

    A muddled message gets messier

    By Steve Benen

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    Dan Gross called this “amazing.” I suppose that’s as good an adjective as any.

    It gets back to the point we discussed earlier in the week about the flaws in the Republicans’ sequester message. Hatch’s comments are the most explicit example I’ve seen of the problem, but he’s not the only one burdened by the underlying incoherence: GOP officials (a) believe next week’s sequester will hurt the country; (b) intend to impose this punishment on the country anyway.

    The Utah Republican, probably unintentionally, captured this perfectly: he thinks the sequester will be “devastating” for his own home state and constituents, but the senator is “for” it anyway.

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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/22/17056693-a-muddled-message-gets-messier?lite

  24. 66 Ladyhawke
    February 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Obama Does Indeed Have a Proposal to Avert the Sequester

    —By Kevin Drum

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    So to recap: President Obama does have a proposal. It’s extremely specific. It includes cuts to entitlements. And by all measures, its basic 2:1 ratio of spending cuts to tax increases is pretty popular with the public.

    Brooks is right about one thing, though: it’s not politically plausible. But that has nothing to do with either the reasonableness of the plan or with Obama’s willingness to cut a deal. It’s solely because of Republicans’ flat refusal to tolerate any deficit reduction plan that includes even a dime in additional revenue. Unless you believe that any proposal which doesn’t pander to this intransigence is inherently unserious—and I’m not sure why you would—it’s unclear to me how this can be laid at Obama’s feet.

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    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/02/obama-does-indeed-have-proposal-avert-sequester

  25. 67 japa21
    February 22, 2013 at 10:22 am
  26. 68 pugeretto
    February 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Just like to wish everyone a good Friday, Thanks for everything Chips!

  27. 69 Ladyhawke
    February 22, 2013 at 10:33 am

    The GOP’s astonishingly bad message on sequester cuts

    By Byron York

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    In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner describes the upcoming sequester as a policy “that threatens U.S. national security, thousands of jobs and more.”

    Which leads to the question: Why would Republicans support a measure that threatens national security and thousands of jobs? Boehner and the GOP are determined to allow the $1.2 trillion sequester go into effect unless President Obama and Democrats agree to replacement cuts, of an equal amount, that target entitlement spending. If that doesn’t happen — and it seems entirely unlikely — the sequester goes into effect, with the GOP’s blessing.
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    The effect of Boehner’s argument is to make Obama seem reasonable in comparison. After all, the president certainly agrees with Boehner that the sequester cuts threaten national security and jobs. The difference is that Obama wants to avoid them.

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    http://washingtonexaminer.com/the-gops-astonishingly-bad-message-on-sequester-cuts/article/2522040

    • February 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Here’s what’s wrong with the whole sequester argument to me…Democrats say the Republicans are refusing to raise taxes, while Republicans claim they just did. Republicans want more spending cuts, while Democrats say not with out more revenue.

      The original agreement was that for the sake of balance, there would be a percentage of tax increases to spending cuts. It is true that the Republicans did not get all of the spending cuts promised, but the Democrats didn’t get all of the revenue promised either.

      The message should be that the Republicans can have the rest of the promised cuts, but Democrats have to have the rest of the promised revenue.

  28. 71 amk for obama
    February 22, 2013 at 10:36 am
  29. 72 Ladyhawke
    February 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Instead of the blame game, how about we look at the Republican alternative?

    By Smartypants

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    I see that David Brooks is taking a lot of heat today from liberals for suggesting that President Obama doesn’t have a plan to replace the sequester – even though he actually does.

    Of course its accepted by everyone that the Republicans have an alternative because they passed one last year in the House. As everyone is putting all their ink into the stupid task of arguing over who is to blame for the sequester in the first place, I don’t see many folks comparing the two plans. So perhaps it might be helpful to have a little reminder about just how draconian the Republicans are prepared to be.

    Their replacement plan was called the Spending Reduction Act of 2012 and of course it eliminated the cuts to Defense spending. They replaced them with the following:

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    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/02/instead-of-blame-game-how-about-we-look.html

  30. 73 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Contains pictures, what was discussed, and the names of those invited.

  31. 78 Ladyhawke
    February 22, 2013 at 10:57 am

    PRESIDENT OBAMA DOES NOT HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE SEQUESTER. CONGRESS NEEDS TO PASS A LAW.

    At the White House Press Corps Briefing on Thursday, February 21, 2013 Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to a ‘reporters’ question about President Obama’s powers to put an end to the sequester.

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    Q With all the President’s powers, isn’t there anything he can do by executive order at this point to stop sequester?

    MR. CARNEY: It would certainly be a welcomed development if the President were able to legislate. Unfortunately — at least in this case — unfortunately, that is not a power that the President has, and it is up to Congress to act.

    Congress chose to write the sequester into law with overwhelming support from Republicans because it felt that the sequester would be so onerous as an outcome that it would never come to pass. Congress is responsible for making sure it does not come to pass.

    The President has provided, again, a series of proposals for how to eliminate the sequester; ensure that its effects are never felt by middle-class families across the country; and that those proposals represent real compromise, they represent the balance that, as we see again and again in surveys of public opinion, the American people strongly support. Unfortunately, thus far, we have seen from the Republicans intransigence and a seeming desire to flout the American people’s will here and to allow the sequester to take effect, and that’s unfortunate.

    Q He can’t legislate, but can’t he mandate at this point?

    MR. CARNEY: It’s, unfortunately, in this case, not in his power to eliminate the sequester. Congress needs to pass a law.

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    • February 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

      It’s disheartening to learn that journalists are so damned dumb. They need to learn that old wive’s tale: “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and have the world assume you’re stupid than to open it and remove all doubt”.

  32. 80 amk for obama
    February 22, 2013 at 11:00 am
  33. 82 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

    This is a MUST READ piece by Steve Benen. He’s just so bloody fantastic.

  34. 84 Jovie
    February 22, 2013 at 11:34 am

    How much is Bail for that freak?
    You know who I am talking about…

  35. 87 anniebella
    February 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Don’t forget FLOTUS will be on Jimmy Fallon show tonight.

  36. February 22, 2013 at 11:44 am

    GM Chipsticks, TOD. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend…

  37. February 22, 2013 at 11:44 am
  38. 93 Jovie
    February 22, 2013 at 11:55 am

    The President does not have a plan, so says GOD, AKA David Brooks.
    They love to project their issues onto the President, don’t they?


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