Archive for March 6th, 2009

Zombie Lie With An Expiration Date?

As Media Matters points out, Republicans and the media have been insisting that Obama is about to Raise Our Taxes OMG, despite the fact that for 98% of Americans, taxes will decrease or hold steady.  This is all very well and good as fearmongering, and it fits with the conservative stereotype of Democrats as serial tax-raisers, but…

At some point, won’t the people in that 98% realize that their taxes haven’t gone up?  And won’t that point be sometime before the 2010 midterm elections?  Obama and the Democrats can just tell voters that they should vote Republican if their taxes went up, and Democrat if their taxes went down or stayed the same.  I think that seems fair.

March 6th, 2009 at 10:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Media,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Taxes

Friday Quote & Panda Blogging

This week’s quote is from the overlooked and underrated Freaked, starring Randy Quaid and the guy from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure who is not Keanu Reeves:

Why, ol’ Nosey here can actually smell the future.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s pandas…

Pandas really love jackets, apparently.

March 6th, 2009 at 08:08pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

The Working Affluent Are Not Like You And Me

They’re a lot less lazy and stupid, for one thing.

Funny, I don’t recall when it was that Obama was “demonizing” everyone who makes over $250,000; he just wants more taxes from the people who have benefited the most from the American economic system, and those who can best afford them.  Conservatives whine a lot about how unfair it is to raise taxes on the wealthy, but at the end of the day, the wealthy are still doing pretty damn good.

(h/t Oliver Willis)

March 6th, 2009 at 06:10pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Media,Politics,Republicans


Media Matters has posted another one of their intimidatingly comprehensive compilations of Republican attacks, this time on the subject of healthcare reform.  Turns out Republicans have decried every progressive healthcare proposal since the dawn of time as “socialized medicine.”

I know “socialized medicine” or any reference to “socialism” is supposed to be a magical scary buzzword that fills me with instant fear and loathing, but all I can ever think is, “Socialized medicine?  Hey, that sounds like a pretty sweet deal!”  I dunno, maybe it’s just because I’m a commie pinko liberal, but to me the idea of government taking over healthcare from the insurance companies seems like it would be a good thing.

Now, a mandate requiring everyone to buy healthcare coverage from the insurance companies… not so much.  Unfortunately, I think that’s probably closer to where the reality will be, because it answers the very constrained question that Team Obama and establishment Democrats are asking without ever admitting that they’re asking, namely, “How can we achieve universal healthcare without cutting the insurance companies out of the deal?”  As opposed to “How can we achieve universal healthcare?”, which has far more potential for positive outcomes.  Like socialized medicine.

March 6th, 2009 at 11:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Healthcare,Media,Politics,Republicans

Belated Wanker Of The Day

Shorter George Will: Obama is a sucky hypocrite because he could hypothetically take the same unilateral approach to treaties as Dubya, who was totally awesome.

March 6th, 2009 at 06:39am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Foreign Policy,Media,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

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