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Friday Quote & Terribly Dangerous Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from Blood & Donuts, which I guess you could call a vampire bowling comedy…

You see the difference?  Mine left a mark, whereas yours left a smudge.  Most people have some dignity – most people long to leave a mark.  If it were just a question of smudges, they wouldn’t need the bowling shoe rule.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s Deadly Escaped Tigers…

Careful now.

February 26th, 2010 at 09:18pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Oh Trickledown, Is There Anything You Can’t Do?

Trickledown: It’s not just for people any more:

Corporate America descended on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning hoping to ride the small business gravy train that’s been gaining steam. Instead, they caught an earful from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who didn’t appreciate the message they brought.

CEOs representing 11 major corporations argued that the Democratic emphasis on small businesses missed the important role that Big Business has to play, several people in the meeting told HuffPost.


W. James McNerney Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Boeing Company, was one of the more outspoken executives, arguing that helping big business was the same as helping small businesses, and that either way he supported them doing both, not one or the other. For every job created at Boeing, he said, two small business jobs are created.

His argument sparked something in Reid, who recoiled, indicating with his body language and facial expression that he didn’t like what he was hearing, according to people in the room. Reid dressed down the CEO and then walked out of the meeting.

Yes, that’s right: Just like how the best way to help the poor and middle class is to give the rich massive tax cuts, so too the best way to help small business is to give lots of breaks to big business.  Awesome.

(h/t dday)

February 26th, 2010 at 11:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Wankers

This Is What Happens

When you don’t deliver on your campaign promises.  Or actively work to sabotage them.

A year after supporting Barack Obama for president by an overwhelming 2-to-1 ratio, young adults are cooling quickly toward his Democrats amid dissatisfaction over the lack of change in Washington and an escalating war in Afghanistan.

A study by the Pew Research Center, being released Wednesday, highlights the eroding support from 18- to 29-year- olds whose strong turnout in November 2008 was read by some demographers as the start of a new Democratic movement.

The findings are significant because they offer further proof that the diverse coalition of voters Obama cobbled together in 2008 — including high numbers of first-timers, young minorities and youths — are not Democratic Party voters who can necessarily be counted on.

While young adults remain decidedly more liberal, the survey found the Democratic advantage among 18- to 29-year-olds has substantially narrowed, from a record 62 percent identifying as Democrat vs. 30 percent for the Republicans in 2008, down to 54 percent vs. 40 percent last December. It was the largest percentage point jump in those who identified or leaned Republican among all the voting age groups.

Young adults’ voting enthusiasm also crumbled.

During the presidential election, turnout among 18- to 29-year-olds was the highest in years, comprising roughly 20 percent of the voters in many states including Virginia and New Jersey, due in part to high participation from young blacks and Hispanics.

That percentage, however, dropped by half for the governors’ races in those states last November, where Republicans celebrated wins as black groups pushed Obama to do more to soften the economic blow from mortgage foreclosures and Latinos saw little progress on immigration reform. Young adults also were the least likely of any age group to identify themselves as regular voters.

They could have been “the start of a new Democratic movement”, but Obama chose to turn his back on them the second his election was secure.  Apparently he either thinks he can win without them, that he can turn on the charm and the uplifting hopey talk when he needs it, or that they’ll just have to vote for him because the alternative is so much worse.  Personally, I wouldn’t bet my presidency on any of those outcomes.  Maybe he thinks grateful PhRMA and Wall Street dollars will be enough to buy the 2012 election, but I kinda doubt that too.

And it won’t be just the youth vote Obama will be losing; he’s going to lose a big chunk of the Democratic base too.  Contempt and betrayal are not really great drivers for turnout.

February 26th, 2010 at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Healthcare,Obama,Politics,Polls

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