Early Bird Chat

On This Day: Sen. Barack Obama talks on his cell phone on his campaign plane at Midway Airport in Chicago, May 7, 2008


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Wednesday!

149 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. May 7, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Good Wednesday Chipsticks…TODers!!!! Chipsticks, you know how to bring a smile to the start of our day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Everyone have an AWESOME day!!!

  2. 15 Dudette
    May 7, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Good Morning! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. May 7, 2014 at 8:02 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!! Along with my morning coffee, this picture now really has me awake… ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 17 Dudette
    May 7, 2014 at 8:05 am

  5. 18 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2014 at 8:07 am

      • 20 hopefruit2
        May 7, 2014 at 8:24 am

        Of course he couldn’t help but respond to THAT one! LOL

        • May 7, 2014 at 8:29 am

          You two are going to end up married, I just KNOW it!!!! ๐Ÿ˜†

          • 22 hopefruit2
            May 7, 2014 at 8:30 am

            Will you be our Maid-of-Honor? Thanks in advance for accepting ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

            • May 7, 2014 at 8:40 am

              ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for the offer Hopefruit, but I’ll have to think about it – not sure I could cope with your husband to be counting how many glasses of champagne I’d have.

              • 24 hopefruit2
                May 7, 2014 at 8:49 am

                Ah…I knew that would be a top concern of yours before deciding whether or not to accept. But take heart Chips – I will have a talk with soon-to-be hubby and gently tell him to put the darn count away for that day (and thereafter). I have every confidence that he will comply.

                P.S. I have invited PBO and just received the RSVP that he & FLOTUS will be there – if that makes any difference to you. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

                • May 7, 2014 at 8:50 am

                  I’m buying a hat RIGHT now!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

                • 29 vcprezofan2
                  May 7, 2014 at 9:06 am

                  Forget the hat, how about an O-theme for the entire nuptial? I’m thinking of some of those dresses I saw in South Africa. (just kidding – don’t really like our Pres plastered all over on material)

                  • 30 hopefruit2
                    May 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

                    LMAO! I agree about not liking to see PBO all over material. But you and Chips are on the same wavelength regarding the O-theme, so I’ll leave it to you two to plan accordingly…


                • 32 MightyPamela
                  May 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

                  And, hopefully, Hopefruit, you can do a makeover on the guy so he is not such an eyesore!! ?? Pretty please, someone has to do it!

              • 33 vcprezofan2
                May 7, 2014 at 9:03 am

                ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Have whiskey instead.

                • May 7, 2014 at 9:04 am

                  But he’d be tweeting how many glasses of whiskey I’d have too VC, I just wouldn’t be able to relax.

                  • 35 vcprezofan2
                    May 7, 2014 at 9:07 am

                    Hon, if he was counting THAT, I’d suggest you whisper to Hopefruit that she reconsider immediately – sure sign marriage in early trouble. ๐Ÿ˜€

                    • May 7, 2014 at 9:10 am

                      ๐Ÿ™‚ The only solution that I can see here is that he agrees to be blindfolded for the wedding.

                    • 37 vcprezofan2
                      May 7, 2014 at 9:18 am

                      That opens up so many possibilities! You think he’d trust us(Hope included) enough? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

                    • May 7, 2014 at 9:20 am

                      The only danger with the blindfold is that he might accidentally turn to me and say ‘with this ring I thee wed’ – at which point I’d have to say: ‘No you friggin’ don’t, buddy’.

                    • 39 vcprezofan2
                      May 7, 2014 at 9:22 am

                      /insert old ‘belly laugh’ smilie here/

        • 40 99ts
          May 7, 2014 at 8:31 am

          Hi hf – I think there is something going on between you & Mr Knoller – I hope you share all the information you glean – or all the donuts you get ๐Ÿ™‚

          • 41 hopefruit2
            May 7, 2014 at 8:35 am

            Heheh! Apparently we’re getting married – that’s all the info I have gleaned thus far. I’ve already asked Chips to be my Maid-of-Honor, so barring the unforeseen, you’ll be one of my 20 bridesmaids. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

            • 42 jackiegrumbacher
              May 7, 2014 at 9:06 am

              Hf, I think your first task should be hiring a full-time cook. You not only take on Knoller, you take on his appetite. Or, you could have the donut shop on speed dial.

            • 45 99ts
              May 7, 2014 at 9:12 am

              What an honor ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll make the trek for that event!

    • 46 No Child Left Behind
      May 7, 2014 at 8:18 am

      Good Morning Hopefruit2, Good Morning Chips, and Good Morning TODVille.

      Early dose to Mark Knowller. Maybe he won’t chirp needlessly for the rest of the day.

    • May 7, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Hopefruit2, as you may know, I am a SERIOUS lurker! I visit this blog every day and read each comment.

      However, this response by you take the cake…could not help but LMAO! Your responses to Mark Knoller is awesome! Keep it up!

  6. May 7, 2014 at 8:08 am

    “Florida teen graduates from high school and college in same week”



    Graduating from high school at 16 is impressive enough. But managing to get your college degree before you even graduate high school?

    Grace Bush is clearly a rare talent, both intelligent and incredibly hard working. The Florida teen recently earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University. Later this week, she’ll get her high school diploma from Florida Atlantic University High School.

    [Interview with student included in link]

    • 50 jackiegrumbacher
      May 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Sw, it’s great to have that much talent and intelligence, but I hope she’s getting the social interaction she’ll need in life and also some time to be a kid. If you don’t indulge the “kid” part of you in high school and college, you can never get that precious time back.

      • May 7, 2014 at 9:22 am

        Good point JackieG. While she may be achieving her academic goals — at such a young age — the social aspect is just as important in her success and happiness. I suspect that not having that “kid time” *might* make a person less tolerant in dealing with others and make it difficult to cultivate relationships outside of her family. But hopefully, that won’t be the case for her.

        That being said, I think it’s amazing what she has achieved at such a young age.

      • 52 vcprezofan2
        May 7, 2014 at 9:33 am

        I notice she is from a large family, so I do hope they build in some of that ‘social interaction’. I’m pleased for her/them. I’m reminded of a girl in my son’s third grade class who was practising music for 6 hours daily (before and after school). When asked if she didn’t miss having friends of her own etc. etc. she too said she enjoyed her routine, etc and didn’t feel she was missing anything. Of course, she was having other great experiences (playing for the prime minister and on several orchestras), so who know?

  7. 53 Dudette
    May 7, 2014 at 8:21 am

  8. 56 Dudette
    May 7, 2014 at 8:24 am


  9. 57 globalcitizenlinda
    May 7, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips!

    Great day everybody!

    Ok, Ms. Chips, admit it : you must have had some “naughty thoughts” about the video clip that was taken this day that the photo above was taken;

    I had to check the date of photo to see if it is “random”

    • May 7, 2014 at 8:30 am

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Not a single naughty thought entered my mind, Linda. Promise. Ish.

      • 59 99ts
        May 7, 2014 at 8:34 am

        That is truly hard to believe – one very awesome picture – as well you added the Ish

        GM Ms Chips – tomorrow is my first day this week with no need to rise early – sleeping in to me is like food to Mark Knoller. A little bit of heaven here on earth.

  10. 61 africa
    May 7, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Happy Wednesday TODers!!

    Hiya Chips!!

  11. 63 Linda
    May 7, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Approving the keystone pipeline was to be voted on as an amendment to the Energy Bill.

    Harry Reid says NO way he will allow a vote on it.

  12. 66 Linda
    May 7, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Joe Scarborough Goes Off On ‘Pathetic’ Female Columnists Shaming Lewinsky (VIDEO)

    Back in January, Scarborough argued that the treatment of women in Bill Clinton’s White House would be a “fair question” for Hillary Clinton should she decide to run for president.


  13. 67 Linda
    May 7, 2014 at 8:43 am

    7.5 months later and Morning Junk is still talking about the launch of Healthcare.gov

  14. 68 vcprezofan2
    May 7, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Only an hour late, I see. Not bad. ๐Ÿ˜€

    MooooOOooooorrrnnning, those in my corner of the timed world!
    Eeevvveening/Niiight, all you others! ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. May 7, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Good morning, TOD Fambly! Checking in here is better than coffee, and I do love my coffee. Thank you for this picture, Chipsticks. That smile, that spirit, that I’m present and accounted for, tuned in to person on phone and person taking picture. Day-Maker! Gratitude to you for creating TOD.

  16. 73 Dudette
    May 7, 2014 at 8:48 am

  17. 74 africa
    May 7, 2014 at 8:48 am

    • May 7, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Yes! You said it, KSK(africa). As the saying goes, “Compared to what?” Remember what Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams said on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of her husband Medgar Evers, in 2013? โ€œJim Crow is alive, and itโ€™s dressed in a Brooks Brothers suit, my friend, instead of a white robe,โ€. That’s Tillis, traditional NC white supremacy in a nice suit, using his Deacon of the Church voice and smooth, good ol’ North Carolina ways. He is the faithful right hand and disciple, the public presence and First Lieutenant of Art Pope, who is the very bad, very greedy, very extreme, very rich architect of all that is bad and wrong here in North Carolina. Gov. McCrory is our GW Bush, and Tillis is the guy who goes to the State Legislators who propose legislation banning Sharia Law or making Christianity the state religion, and tells them to tone it down. He agrees but he reasons with them that that is not the way to go about it. Making it a defeat for the Tea Party distorts the ugly truth. KSK(africa) nails it: Architect.

    • 78 Jewelz
      May 7, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Can Hagen beat this guy in November? I know she’s the incumbent, but this is North Carolina we’re talking about.

      • May 7, 2014 at 9:27 am

        Jewelz, I think she can, if she comes out of the timid “moderate” closet as a Democrat who embraces PBO’s incredible record and fires back at the lying liars and energizes and inspires the many many NC people who show up by the 10’s of thousands for Moral Mondays and won the state for PBO in 2008, and turned out for him in big numbers though not majority in 2012. The horrible leadership in charge of NC right now got there not by winning the state, not by convincing the majority of NC that they are right and good (and certainly not by saying what they planned to do, none of that). They got in because my people stayed home and pouted and didn’t vote in 2010 because they did not think PBO took care of their personal favorite issues fast enough. It’s not a Tea Party take-over, it’s the ALEC/GOP/extremist long game players who know how to work public opinion and push buttons. NC went to the bad guys because we let them. They did not steal the election. They walked in and sat down with full permission, and by the time we woke up, they had redistricted themselves into a powerful stranglehold where a lot of them cannot be defeated in a simple way. I am not defeated, and Reverend William J. Barber Jr. is not defeated. They did not expect to be questioned, exposed, or held accountable in any way, and Moral Mondays have made them very unhappy and forced them to endure scrutiny. Kay Hagan needs to come to Raleigh next Monday and stand beside Rev. Barber and holler with us: “Forward together: Not One Step Back!” We can do this, but we have a long hard battle to fight, and the more we see how we let them get in there, and how important it is to get people speaking up and moving and calling them out, the better we can fight and sooner we can win.

        • 80 vcprezofan2
          May 7, 2014 at 9:48 am

          Hi Nancie, I wonder if you would share/have shared this exact comment with Hagan? As it’s a voting cycle, her staff might just be a bit more open to listen to voters from within their own state. I kinda/sorta believe in directing the word to their ear BEFORE the actual election just in case someone in their camp is listening and is open to what the average voter is saying. You make good points/suggestions.

        • 81 Betsy
          May 7, 2014 at 9:54 am

          I agree with you but does Hagan see this? Does she have smart people with her to encourage her?

        • May 7, 2014 at 10:19 am

          Kay Hagan needs to come to Raleigh next Monday and stand beside Rev. Barber and holler with us: โ€œForward together: Not One Step Back!โ€ We can do this, but we have a long hard battle to fight, and the more we see how we let them get in there, and how important it is to get people speaking up and moving and calling them out, the better we can fight and sooner we can win.


          RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!…RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Moving FORWARD>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.Together!!!!!

        • 83 Jewelz
          May 7, 2014 at 10:33 am

          nanciesrealthai, thanks for the insights into what is sure to be one of the most expensive and most watched races in the mid-term election. I hope Hagan can come out victorious in this battle.

  18. 84 Linda
    May 7, 2014 at 8:49 am

    ex-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner book comes out on Monday.

    While Geithner has not provided the White House with advance copies of his book, “Stress Test,” the text has been reviewed by lawyers at Treasury and the Federal Reserve.

    And drafts of Clinton’s book, “Hard Choices,” have been circulating for months among a small number of officials in Obama’s National Security Council.

    Clinton’s book will be combed for any sign of discord with Obama, the man who defeated her in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign and whom she could run to replace in 2016. Clinton has said little about the book, due out June 10, though it is expected to center on the main foreign policy challenges she was involved in during her four-year tenure at the helm of the State Department, including Syria and the start of secret discussions with Iran that led to the current nuclear negotiations.


    • 85 Jewelz
      May 7, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Good morning TODs. As for Hillary, watch her try to take credit for the Bin Laden raid in her book.

    • 86 99ts
      May 7, 2014 at 9:21 am

      I’m truly wondering what Mrs Clinton has achieved in the political/administration world. The only thing I know about her time in the White House was that she failed on health care. In the senate – did she do anything? other than support the Bush wars and get ready to run for President? Sec State – I think the President felt obligated to offer the job – again I think it was accepted for some kudos towards her future. I would be interested to read of any political history/achievements – does anyone have a good reference for same?

      • May 7, 2014 at 9:41 am

        I think she was offered the job an insurance to keep her from trying to primary the President Obama in 2012, which was good for the Dem Party. Otherwise it would be bloody like 2008.

        • 88 99ts
          May 7, 2014 at 10:00 am

          Sometimes wonder if it would have been better if she tried to primary him in 2012 – another defeat might have well kept her from trying in 2016. Thus said, I agree that the PBO needed her on side in his administration and the dems certainly did not need a primary in 2012.

      • May 7, 2014 at 9:46 am

        In the Senate, she voted for the Iraq War.

      • 90 vcprezofan2
        May 7, 2014 at 9:58 am

        THIS is what I ask myself when people get all eager that she is the best candidate for 2016. WHAT HAS SHE DONE, really? I think of O’Malley when I ask that question.

        ‘Iโ€™m truly wondering what Mrs Clinton has achieved in the political/administration world’ *in a personal sense* – TS, when the book gets published, she will have ‘achieved’ a book about the political/administration world. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        I wonder if she was the sole author, or if she needed/used a ghost writer? As someone who used to like to read, I’m actually disgusted that these political/pundit types can dash something off in a couple of months and be guaranteed that it will be hyped and pushed onto some ‘best sellers’ list somewhere, and maybe even made into a movie before one can blink!

        • 91 99ts
          May 7, 2014 at 10:04 am

          Weird – I cannot think of anything she achieved in those 4 years – I had best read the book to see if it brings in any thoughts.

          • 92 vcprezofan2
            May 7, 2014 at 10:07 am

            ‘ I had best read the book to see if it brings in any thoughts’

            Are you kidding me? Not *my* dime! I do not dislike Hillary (anymore ), but I have difficulties saying I respect her, because I don’t.

            • 93 99ts
              May 7, 2014 at 10:17 am

              I’m interested in how she turns doing very little into a book. Might just be a travelogue. I’ll read the reviews before I decide whether to spend any $$.

      • May 7, 2014 at 10:57 am

        The Start Treaty.


        The State Department did good work on that one. And though it didn’t get a lot of press the rejuvenation of that department after the Bush years. Moral was really low in 2009.

  19. 96 desertflower
    May 7, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Good morning!! Already we have hopefruit married off…to “Donuts for Life!” ( or is that, “I live for Donuts!”? I don’t think that will be a match made in heaven….. PBO is looking FINE as ever! He never takes a bad picture, does he? Teacher Appreciation Week at work so I have had lunch made or bought for me every day…..it’s been delightful. Now I’m thinking I really would love to have a chef at my house….oh well, maybe in another life. In the mean time…I will enjoy this:)

  20. 99 carolyn
    May 7, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I’m not reading any of these subordinates’ books. I’m waiting for PBO’s book in 2017 or 2018. That will be worth reading.

    • 100 anniebella
      May 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

      The only book I want to read is POTUS and FLOTUS. POTUS already mention that FLOTUS was working on hers.

    • 101 jackiegrumbacher
      May 7, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Carolyn, I’ll bet that even the announcement of such book will make it an instant best seller. I’d sign up today for an copy if I could.

    • 103 Linda
      May 7, 2014 at 9:22 am

      I agree and I hope neither of them hold back about the personal attacks.

  21. 104 criquet
    May 7, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Morning all.

    I hope the Democrats pound home this message for the mid-terms. It is true and should tell reasonable Americans all they need to know about the GOP:

    • 106 jackiegrumbacher
      May 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Df, a good psychologist could have a field day with the words he’s banned. He’s obviously got some sex related issues.

      • 107 desertflower
        May 7, 2014 at 9:21 am

        Like ALL little RW’ers do! Morning, jackie g!

      • 108 vcprezofan2
        May 7, 2014 at 10:11 am

        I notice he didn’t ban the ‘male’ word for ‘whore’ or ‘bitch’. Is there such a word by the way? Other than ‘pimp’ and ‘gigolo’ I can’t offhand think of a negative sex male word.

    • May 7, 2014 at 10:45 am

      He had a list of 4 other curse words but decided against it. The particular curse words in no particular order were freedom, Ukraine, isolation and economic collapse.

  22. 110 Dudette
    May 7, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Get those flower orders in. Use local florists!

  23. 111 africa
    May 7, 2014 at 9:21 am

  24. 112 jackiegrumbacher
    May 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Morning all. Haven’t been able to catch up on posts and am way behind in news. This has been a totally family focused time with visits and trips and long talks. It’s all great and much needed, but miss the chance to keep up with all the great things our president is doing. Miss all of you as well.

  25. 113 Dudette
    May 7, 2014 at 9:27 am


  26. May 7, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Good morning lovelies. I’ve missed you. Hope all is well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. 120 desertflower
    May 7, 2014 at 9:33 am


    The most obvious reason is that GOP officials assumed news organizations would run with their false claims, and in this case, that assumption proved to be correct โ€“ reports on the โ€œonly 67%โ€ claim were everywhere early last week.

    For that matter, Republicans were willing to gamble that there would be no consequences for their mendacity, which now seems like a safe bet. Does anyone seriously believe GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill will think twice before making more bogus โ€œObamacareโ€ claims after this fiasco?

    But I suspect the key reason House Republicans came up with this idea in the first place is that they created a beast and that beast must be fed. The right has so much invested in defining the Affordable Care Act as a horrific failure that Republicans got a little desperate when enrollment totals were well in excess of projections and each passing day showed the ACA looking stronger and more successful.

    The volume on the rightโ€™s feedback loop, in other words, has to be turned up manually on occasion to keep reality at bay. The Republicansโ€™ media allies repeated the โ€œonly 67%โ€ line as gospel, and in all likelihood, itโ€™s already been adopted as fact by many GOP voters nationwide.

    So long as the party is rewarded for deliberate deceptions, this will not change.

    And I would say that this is true for EVERYTHING they say and do…and the lazy MSM ALWAYS goes right along with them, every time, no matter how many times they have been lied to by the RW. Fucking symbiotic relationship on steroids.

    • 121 99ts
      May 7, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Sad truth with the media – by the time the story is debunked – they’ve moved on to the next “scandal” and NEVER correct those lies they have told.

  28. 122 desertflower
    May 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

    NORTH CAROLINA! WAKE UP!! Tillis is NO MODERATE…refresh your memory here:)


    Among the stances and accomplishments of which heโ€™s most proud: Denying federally funded Medicaid to a half-million North Carolinians; helping pass a discriminatory constitutional amendment that was instantly on shaky legal ground; passing one of the most voter-unfriendly laws in the nation; and cutting taxes by more than $2 billion while giving teachers not a penny in raises. His House passed a bill to let people carry guns in bars and another that put tough restrictions on legal abortions. He saidโ€ฆclimate change was not a fact, there should be no federal minimum wage and the Department of Education should be abolished.
    As Steve Benen puts it, Tillis
    would immediately become one of the Senate most right-wing members if elected, but in his primary, he was nevertheless perceived as the โ€œmainstreamโ€ GOP candidate backed by the party establishment. What was once the fringe element of the party is now simply the party itself.

    Now pass it on to all your voting friends.

  29. 123 proudofobama
    May 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Hey, Chips and TODers. Just wanted to comment (instead of just lurking everyday as I normally do) to say how much I appreciate all of you. Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday.

    (@liberalphenom on Twitter)

  30. 126 desertflower
    May 7, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Opps…pass THIS along, too:)


    Just as Thom Tillis (R) was cruising to the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in North Carolina, Greg Sargent notes a video was uncovered which shows Tillis “appears to be a diehard 47 percenter.”

    In the video, Tillis said we have to “divide and conquer” those on public assistance, by getting those who really need it — the sick — to turn on and look down at those who “choose to get into a condition that makes them dependent on the government.”

    He added: “At some point, you’re on your own. We may end up taking care of those babies, but we’re not going to take care of you.”

  31. May 7, 2014 at 10:01 am

    This is tranquility:

    • May 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Heard that on the radio. Fugelsang was great!

      • 131 desertflower
        May 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

        He usually is:) Morning, vetivera! Bob Cesca was on Stephanie Miller yesterday and he was great, too…

    • 132 Linda
      May 7, 2014 at 10:18 am


      Wide Majorities Losing Faith In John Roberts’ Supreme Court, Want Term Limits

      By a 60-36 spread, those surveyed said that Supreme Court justices were more likely to be carrying out a personal or political agenda than working to render a fair and impartial judgment, an opinion that cut across party lines. John Roberts swore before Congress during his confirmation hearings that he had great respect for precedent. But once confirmed as chief justice, he embarked on a remarkable run of conservative judicial activism that has favored the wealthy while undermining affirmative action and protection for voting rights.


  32. May 7, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Good morning all! Great catching up after being busy.

  33. 134 donna dem 4 obama
    May 7, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    Three large health insurers including WellPoint Inc. (WLP) and Aetna Inc. (AET) say that a high percentage of their new Obamacare customers are paying their first premiums, undermining a Republican criticism of enrollment in the program.

  34. 136 desertflower
    May 7, 2014 at 10:22 am

    This kind of BULLSHIT MAGIC is how we got in trouble in the first place!!


    House Republicans are poised to vote, perhaps as early as today, on making a series of temporary tax breaks permanent, at a cost of between $156 billion and $310 billion over 10 years, depending on how the package is structured. How in the world does the GOP intend to pay for this? As it turns out, Republicans donโ€™t even intend to try to pay for the tax breaks.

    As Danny Vinik noted, the GOPโ€™s justification for this is absurd.
    โ€œWe have essentially been allowing an R&D tax credit since 1981 in this country,โ€ House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on Monday about one of the six tax extenders. โ€œSo letโ€™s just call it what it is and make it permanent so that we can get back on the path to growth. Addressing growth, addressing our unfunded liabilities connected with entitlement programs โ€“ that is the sure way to reduce deficits and reduce the debt burden.โ€

    Read that last sentence again, except imagine Cantor used it in support of extending unemployment insurance instead of a deficit-increasing tax cut. It works perfectly. In fact, because the UI extension is temporary and the Republican tax cut is permanent, it makes even more sense. But thatโ€™s not how Cantor sees it.
    The Majority Leader is playing a foolish game, and if his comments on the House floor this week are any indication, heโ€™s not playing it well.

    Republicans want to make permanent hundreds of billions of dollars in business tax breaks, but they donโ€™t want to find offsets to pay for any of the tax cuts. Why not? Because the temporary tax breaks have been in place for quite a while.

    • May 7, 2014 at 10:32 am

      DOA when it hits the Senate. Another exercise in futility.

    • 138 Linda
      May 7, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Last night some GOPER ( can’t remember who ) claimed that if the Republicans win the Senate they will put all the bills the House Republicans passed over the last few years up for a vote.

      But…that is not accurate…..old bills cannot be put on the floor for a vote after one session is closed and a new one opens….it does not matter which party has the majority.

      They would have to all be re-written and have changes so they are not exactly the same as before.

      • 139 57andfemale
        May 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

        They will re-vote on those bills and a whole host of other horrors. A horror show, if GOP gets any more power.

  35. 140 donna dem 4 obama
    May 7, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Congratulations HF2 on your pending nuptials. In most marriages there’s this saying, “never let the sun go down on an argument” but with Knoller it will be “never let the sun go down on an empty stomach”. May your bellies always be full of dunkin doughnuts. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. 141 africa
    May 7, 2014 at 10:38 am

  37. 142 Linda
    May 7, 2014 at 10:39 am

    My Rooster has been escaping the pen the last few days.

    Last night I caught him actually climbing up the chicken wire fence and hoping out… I could not believe my eyes…..

    He has been roosting in a tree in the front yard…. I finally got him back in the pen with a trail of feed……

    I just looked out the window and low and behold , he climbed out again.

  38. May 7, 2014 at 10:43 am

  39. 146 Linda
    May 7, 2014 at 10:53 am

    MSNBC’s Chuck Todd: Benghazi Select Committee Currently “Looks Like Nothing More Than A Partisan Stunt”

    He said it on Morning Junk and also at the end of his own show today.

    Pigs are flying ???


  40. 148 anniebella
    May 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Is there anymore information about that driver who was following the Obama girls motorcade? Was it something innocent?

    May 7, 2014 at 11:18 am


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