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Deloitte CEO Destroys False Equivalence In Two Sentences

This is why all the both-sides-do-it/both-sides-are-equally-at-fault arguments are bullshit, and have always been bullshit:

While both parties have extreme elements, he suggested, only in the G.O.P. did the extreme element exercise real power. “The extreme right has 90 seats in the House,” Mr. Echevarria said. “Occupy Wall Street has no seats.”

Hilarious bonus quote:

“We have got to quit worrying about the next election, and start worrying about the country,” said [House Tea Party caucus member Randy] Neugebauer, who sits on the House Financial Services Committee and is a recipient of significant donations from Wall Street.

Riiiight.  I’d hate to see what it looks like when you guys aren’t worrying about the country.

October 10th, 2013 at 07:02am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Economy,Politics,Quotes,Republicans,Wankers

IOKIYAR In Action

Democratic opposition to domestic spying by a Republican president: 73%.  Democratic opposition to domestic spying by a Democratic president: 70%.

Republican opposition to domestic spying by a Republican president: 50%.  Republican opposition to domestic spying by a Democratic president: 77%.

Of course this refers only to Democratic and Republican voters.

August 17th, 2013 at 12:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Constitution,Democrats,Obama,Politics,Polls,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers

Fingers Crossed, But…

While it is certainly encouraging to think that the South is a ticking demographic timebomb poised to blow up the Republican Party once and for all, I would be a lot more excited if the Democrats had not shown themselves to be ready, willing and able to fill the political void that remained.  Much as I like the idea of the GOP relegated to the role of a crazy ineffectual fringe party, it’s not as exciting if the newly dominant Democrats are indistinguishable from, if not actually to the right of, the pre-crazy Republicans.

Maybe it’s an instinctual compulsion to maintain a constant ideological distance from their opponents that causes the Democrats to move rightward at the same pace as the Republicans, or maybe they’re just completely corrupt and cynical, and the most conservative positions they can get away with move to the right as the GOP does.

If the Democrats destroy the Republicans only to become them, it will be a Pyrrhic victory at best, as America will rapidly follow the GOP down the drain.

June 5th, 2013 at 10:42am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Elections,Politics,Polls,Republicans

Epic Fail Complete

The Democrats are now officially the party that’s trying to cut Social Security, and the Republicans are now the party that’s trying to protect it.  Nice work Mr. President, I didn’t even know it was possible to score an own-goal in eleventy-dimensional chess.

April 10th, 2013 at 07:11pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Social Security,Wankers

Left & Right Are Not The Only Directions

There’s also up & down, and inside & outside (although they tend to correlate with each other pretty closely).  Which is why you can have a bipartisan consensus among the outsiders at the lower income levels that has absolutely zero influence on the bipartisan consensus among the elite insiders at the higher income levels.

Unfortunately, the 1% (or .1%, or .01%) are the ones who get to set policy, and they don’t have much interest in what the rest of us think, except insofar as they desire it to conform more closely with their own Beltway/millionaire worldview.

February 4th, 2013 at 06:10pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Politics,Republicans,Social Security,Taxes

The Most Patient Man In The World

Harry Reid still hasn’t seen enough obstruction from Senate Republicans to support filibuster reform, saying, “The only way we’ll get rid of the filibuster is if it continues to be abused.”  He has either been sound asleep for the past four years, is the most trusting man alive, or he is simply and completely full of the brown stuff.

I believe that what’s going on here is that filibuster reform would actually make life more difficult for Reid and the rest of the Democratic caucus.  Their job isn’t to enact progressive economic laws that their corporate donors oppose, it’s to quietly prevent them while avoiding blame.  The continued existence of the filibuster makes this easy: They can all declare their undying support for financial reform, or the public option, or tax increases for the rich, and then let the Republicans do all the dirty work of blocking it.

But if there’s no filibuster and all the Democrats need is a simple majority which is easily attainable, Reid must engage in reverse whipping: Finding enough conservative Democrats from the Villain Rotation to vote against Progressive Bill X in pretend defiance of the party leadership.  Instead of just exposing one or two at a time to the wrath of their state’s Democratic voters, Reid could find himself forced to burn half his villain pool on every vote.

Worst case for Reid: Conservadems get primaried and replaced by progressives who refuse to join the Villain Rotation.  Best case for Reid: Conservadems get primaried and replaced by actual Republicans, making his job even easier than it is now.

(Cross-posted at MyFDL)

1 comment January 24th, 2013 at 09:57pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

When Goldman Sachs Does It, It’s Not Illegal

Fun legal fact I learned yesterday: Apparently it’s perfectly okay to outright lie to your customers, as long as there’s some possibility that they’re so “sophisticated” that they know you’re lying.

It’s apparently also okay as long as you have a whole bunch of innocent, hardworking hostages employees that would lose their jobs if your company got prosecuted out of existence.  Of course, if you sent the individuals responsible to prison, that wouldn’t put everyone else out on the street.  I can only assume that Breuer was worried that aggressive prosecution would drive those delicate souls to suicide like it did to Aaron Swartz.

I’d like to think Breuer is out at DOJ because of gross incompetence, but it’s probably more like he’s completed his mission of escorting the fraudsters safely across the statute of limitations threshold and is now ready to collect his reward.

(Cross-posted at MyFDL)

January 24th, 2013 at 07:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Economy,Obama,Politics,Wankers

Something To Look Forward To

Good job, Democrats!  Because the first thing you ask yourself when you pick a DSCC chair is, “Does he get along well with Republicans?”  I’m sure this will end well.

January 7th, 2013 at 07:37am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Politics,Wankers

Well This Is Reassuring

Shorter Nancy Pelosi: I was totally bluffing when I said I supported cutting Social Security, but it’s actually not such a bad idea.

January 6th, 2013 at 10:16am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Obama,Politics,Social Security,Wankers

A Mathematical Representation Of The Gun Debate

Day 1: No, it’s much to soon to talk about gun laws.

Day 2: No, still too soon.

Day 3: Nope, sorry.

Day n-1: Still too soon.

Day n: Shooting?  What shooting?  Why do we need to talk about gun laws all of a sudden?

December 14th, 2012 at 07:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

With Democrats Like These…

Thank God we got those crazy security state Republicans out of the White House, right?

…Right?

December 13th, 2012 at 07:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Democrats,Obama,Terrorism,Wankers

It All Depends On What The Meaning Of “Center-Right” Is…

Great article by Bruce Bartlett in the American Conservative about how the GOP lost its mind and, consequently, elections.  But I think he misses a connection.

At one point, Bartlett says this about Obama (which I agree with 100%):

The final line for me to cross in complete alienation from the right was my recognition that Obama is not a leftist. In fact, he’s barely a liberal—and only because the political spectrum has moved so far to the right that moderate Republicans from the past are now considered hardcore leftists by right-wing standards today. Viewed in historical context, I see Obama as actually being on the center-right.

And then, later on, he also says this:

It is now widely understood that the nation may be center-left after all, not center-right as conservatives thought.

This is probably true too, but the point that I think Bartlett should have made more explicit is that the problem is not that Republicans misjudged where the American people are on the political spectrum, so much as where the political spectrum is in the first place.  Even if America is a center-right country as Republicans love to say, the center-right is where Obama and the Democrats are, not where the Republicans are.  Even by their own assessment of the electorate, their political positioning is terrible – and it only makes sense if you define “center-right” as somewhere to the right of Dick Cheney.

So the good news is that between the GOP’s extremism and America’s demographic trends (which Bartlett also talks about), the Republicans may be dooming themselves to irrelevance for a long time to come.  Of course, the bad news is that most Democrats might as well be Republicans too.

November 29th, 2012 at 07:17am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Yay, I Guess?

So yeah, the Democrats had a pretty good election on Tuesday: Electoral vote landslide for Obama, wins for progressives like Liz Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown and Alan Grayson, and losses for misogynistic Tea Party buffoons like Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Allen West and Joe Walsh.  Better yet, as the minority and youth votes grow, it looks like these kinds of results could be the new normal.

But.

Isolated pockets of progressivism notwithstanding, today’s Democrats as a whole are still just as corporate-owned as the Republicans, they’re just subtle enough to frame their sellouts as “pragmatism” and “compromise”.  Worse yet, it looks like Obama and the Democrats are poised to Grandly Bargain away Social Security and Medicare, the crown jewels of the liberals and progressives who just swept them back into office.  So you’ll forgive me if I’m less than excited about Democrats retaining control of the White House and Senate when they’re committed to delivering Republican policy outcomes.

Demographics make the GOP irrelevant, Democrats make it unnecessary.

Cross-posted at FDL.

1 comment November 8th, 2012 at 08:03am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Sexism,Wankers

Tell Us Something We Don’t Know

So it’s not just us progressives: Actual conservative explains why Obamacare is a conservative program, and pretty much the exact opposite of a socialist government takeover of healthcare.

October 1st, 2012 at 11:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Romney,Wankers

Bipartisanship!

Well, isn’t that sweet – Paul Ryan and Rahm Emanuel have found something that they agree on (or perhaps I should say, that they admit that they agree on): That labor unions are fucking retarded.

1 comment September 11th, 2012 at 07:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Education,Labor,Politics,Republicans,Ryan,Wankers

CheckMitt

Although it would probably be an exaggeration to say that I’m rooting for Obama, I’m loving what Harry Reid has done to Romney with his accusation that Mitt is trying to hide the fact that he didn’t pay any taxes.  At this point there is really no good outcome for Romney.  I can only think of four possible scenarios, and all of them are bad:

1) Mitt finally releases his returns, and Harry Reid is proven right.

2) Mitt finally releases his returns, and it turns out he was hiding something even worse.

3) Mitt finally releases his returns, and there’s nothing really damaging, thus demonstrating that while he may not be a tax cheat, he’s also even more stupid and arrogant than we thought (which is a lot).  Especially if this is some kind of deliberate rope-a-dope strategy to bait the Obama camp into making more and more outlandish claims that would make them look foolish when proven wrong, because I don’t really see it playing out that way.

4) Mitt never releases his returns, resulting in continuous speculation as to what he’s hiding, all the way up to Election Day.

#3 is definitely the least bad out of the four, but it would still leave everyone wondering what the hell is wrong with this guy.

August 9th, 2012 at 07:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Politics,Republicans,Romney

Greed > Altruism

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No one could have anticipated…

So why are Democrats losing the money war?

There are several answers. The simplest is supply — there are more rich Republicans than rich Democrats, a lot more.

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“Second, there’s no self-interest here,” argues Begala. “Jeffrey Katzenberg is our largest donor. He gave us $2 million. He’s not going to sell any more tickets to Kung Fu Panda 2 if Obama gets a second term. He’s just doing it because he believes in his country. …

“There’s a return on investment for some of the coal and oil billionaires who want to see the president’s clean energy initiative shut down. But the third thing is the deep ambivalence that I and everybody else on my side of the aisle has about superPACs,” says Begala.

It’s an ambivalence President Obama famously shared. After telling independent groups to stand down in 2008, he welcomed them back this year. But that didn’t convince liberal billionaires such as Peter Lewis. His spokeswoman Jen Frutchy says Lewis would rather fund progressive think tanks and media groups than TV ads.

“On superPACs, he really believes that the idea of spending fortunes to denigrate opponents is deeply offensive,” says Frutchy. “I would say that is just not how he wants to spend his fortune, you know, in some kind of arms race. He does not want to be part of the negativity or any kind of corrupting influence that money can have on the electoral process.”

#2 is the heart of the problem.  Just as facts have a well-known liberal bias, money has a well-known conservative one, and it’s a much more powerful motivating force than facts.  Money is what pulls Republicans towards their traditional core values, and Democrats away from theirs.

In a nutshell: As long as money determines the outcome of our elections, both parties will continue to drift inexorably to the right, and Democrats will continue to be for austerity, endless war and drone strikes, and against unions, taxes, regulations, the public option and the rule of law.

1 comment June 13th, 2012 at 07:03am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Elections,Politics,Republicans

Helpful Hint For Jon Gruber

Mr. Mandate just wants Obamacare to be loved:

Gruber hopes for a not-too-distant future where Medicare and the health reform law enjoy the same status in the public’s mind. “My dream is of a world, 20 years from now, where someone says, ‘Keep the government’s hands off my ACA,’ ” said Gruber, a key architect of both Romneycare and Obamacare.

Well, you know, if you want it to be loved like Medicare, maybe you should have modeled it on Medicare.  Just a thought.

May 22nd, 2012 at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Healthcare,Obama,Politics,Wankers

On Mindless Partisan Boosterism

Not only is it not okay when our guy does it, it’s actually worse, because he’s supposed to be the one who doesn’t do it.  That’s why he was our guy in the first place.

I will not be an apologist for betrayal, and I will not adjust my core principles based solely on who’s in power.

2 comments May 17th, 2012 at 07:02am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Obama,Politics,Wankers

When Will Democrats Learn?

You can’t make a gentlemen’s agreement without gentlemen.

(Actually, I think they know that full well – they’re just not gentlemen either)

May 12th, 2012 at 12:15pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Economy,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Obama Administration Identifies And Fixes Key Flaw In Unemployment Insurance

The problem is that all of these people are just sitting around and collecting unemployment checks without doing anything to enhance corporate profitability.  But Obama has the solution!

April 20th, 2012 at 07:30am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Obama,Unemployment,Wankers

Cowardice Or Corporatism? Part 117

Is Obama deathly afraid of conservative attacks on “job-killing regulations” and “the nanny state”, or does he simply agree with them?  Either way, he’s hamstringing his regulators just like his predecessor did.  I particularly like this tidbit about the guy Obama put in charge of regulating the regulators:

Cass R. Sunstein, director of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, advocates what he calls “libertarian paternalism,” a regulatory philosophy that encourages rather than mandates changes that improve or save lives.

With Democrats like these, who needs Republicans?

April 3rd, 2012 at 11:09am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Obama,Politics,Wankers

The Joy Of Partisanship

One of my biggest disappointments since Obama’s election has been not just Obama’s despicable betrayal of Democratic ideals, but liberals and Democrats’ complete willingness to overlook those ideals simply because he’s nominally a member of the same team.  Conservatives did the exact same thing when Bush was president, but I had really hoped progressives were better than that.

When loyalty trumps principles, those principles become meaningless.  And right now neither party has any recognizable principles other than supreme executive power and blind loyalty to moneyed interests.

March 14th, 2012 at 07:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Foreign Policy,Obama,Politics,Prisoners,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers,War

Something To Look Forward To

In case you were hoping Obama’s latest chief of staff would be an improvement over Rahm and Bill Daley, don’t hold your breath.  The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin found this gem from last year:

A former top executive at Citigroup who participated in the deregulation of Wall Street during the Clinton administration and recently was tapped by President Barack Obama for a top White House post told a Senate panel last week that deregulation didn’t lead to the recent financial crisis.

Jacob “Jack” Lew, Obama’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, the White House agency entrusted with ensuring that federal regulations reflect the president’s agenda, was asked Thursday during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee by Sen. Bernie Sanders whether he believed that the “deregulation of Wall Street, pushed by people like Alan Greenspan [and] Robert Rubin, contributed significantly to the disaster we saw on Wall Street.”

Lew, a former OMB chief for President Bill Clinton, told the panel that “the problems in the financial industry preceded deregulation,” and after discussing those issues, added that he didn’t “personally know the extent to which deregulation drove it, but I don’t believe that deregulation was the proximate cause.

Well, I guess that explains how the resolutely obstructionist GOP allowed him to be confirmed as the head of OMB…

January 10th, 2012 at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Economy,Obama,Wankers

Political Channel-Surfing

This ongoing cycle of a new Republican candidate catching fire every month and then abruptly fizzling again, reminds me of nothing so much as the last three elections, which have whiplashed from “throw all the Republican bums out” to “throw all the Democratic bums out”.

It’s like watching someone angrily mashing the remote over and over again in the desperate hope that if they keep clicking long enough they’ll miraculously find a channel that doesn’t suck.

January 4th, 2012 at 11:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics,Republicans

Post-Election Reflection

Yes, the story of the 2011 elections is definitely one of resounding defeat for Republicans, with the author of Arizona’s despicable anti-immigrant SB-1070 getting recalled, and state laws or referendums to restrict collective bargaining rights, eliminate same-day voter registration, and declare fertilized eggs to be people all going down in flames, but here’s a caveat for Obama and triumphant Democrats to consider:

Aside from the Iowa state senate special election, none of these victories were by Democratic candidates.  They were repudiations of anti-progressive, anti-democratic Republican policies.  It’s one thing for voters to say that they don’t want to unconditionally ban all abortions, but another thing entirely for them to vote for Democrats who have shown themselves to be ineffectual losers at best, and willing corporate tools at worst.

If Democrats want to take advantage of the opposition to unpopular conservative policies, then they need to show that they really do oppose them.  America is a 99% nation, not a Tea Party nation, and Obama and the Democrats would do well to start remembering that.

November 9th, 2011 at 07:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Politics,Republicans

Word Choice Of The Day

Chicago Business makes it sound like Obama’s supporters just got bored and wandered off:

President Barack Obama’s Chicago-based re-election campaign has a hometown problem: the donors and volunteers who have lost interest after launching his run for the White House four years ago.

Obama’s problem isn’t that his supporters have “lost interest,” it’s that they’ve been paying attention.

September 28th, 2011 at 07:36am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Media,Obama,Politics

Wanker Of The Day

Barack Obama in 2007:

And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll will walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.

As you will recall, when American workers were denied their right to collectively bargain in Wisconsin, Obama did precisely nothing.  And now…

Barack Obama in 2011:

“Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,” he said, his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”

You have some nerve, Mr. President.  Don’t ask anyone on the left to march with you if you’re not willing to march with them.

September 26th, 2011 at 07:17am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Labor,Obama,Politics,Wankers

Obatross

It’s looking more and more like Obama’s going to take congressional Democrats down with him again next year.  But some Democratic consultants still cling to hope (and change):

“I’m glad the election’s not today,” said Democratic pollster Keith Frederick, a veteran of House races. “Every poll shows independents losing their patience for the president. These House elections tend to get nationalized, and there’s no doubt right now that as a referendum on Barack Obama, House Democrats lose.”

I would love to know what makes Frederick think that Obama is going to be more popular in 2012.  If Democrats think the jobs bill is going to be enough to save them, they are sadly mistaken.  Especially after Obama strips it of everything but corporate tax breaks and forces Democrats to vote for it.

September 23rd, 2011 at 11:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics,Polls

Why?

Has Russ Feingold been watching the same Obama I have?

Last week a group of liberal activists and academics, led by consumer advocate Ralph Nader and scholar Cornel West, announced that they were looking for six “recognizable, articulate” candidates to launch a primary bid — not to rip the nomination from Obama’s grasp but to keep him honest on issues like civil rights, consumer protections, labor and foreign policy.

(…)

“I strongly disagree with Ralph Nader. As I’ve said many times before, I believe that re-electing President Obama is an absolute imperative for our economy, our judicial system, for progressives and for our country,” said former Sen. Russ Feingold, who announced recently that he was not running for Wisconsin’s open Senate seat.

Really?  Because Obama has been incompetent on the economy (and frighteningly pro-austerity), downright destructive to progressives, and has all but ignored the judiciary.  More from Feingold:

Now, facing Republican candidates that are bought-and-sold by corporate money, and who want to give more tax breaks to the wealthiest and attack the rights of working Americans, the President is fighting to create jobs and provide economic security for middle class families.

Again, who is Russ talking about?  Obama is almost as much a corporate creature as the Republicans, strong-armed congressional Democrats into extending Bush’s tax cuts for the rich, and has twiddled his thumbs on jobs until just recently.

I’m still not quite at the point where I would say I would prefer a Republican president, but I can’t think of a single persuasive reason why Obama deserves to keep his job.  If we could get a Democratic nominee who might actually be a good president, I’d be all for it.

3 comments September 22nd, 2011 at 08:00am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics

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