Americans Still In Shock: Congress “Worked” During a Holiday!

“I’m shocked! Shocked, shocked to find there is gambling going on in here.” – Claude Rains, Casablanca, 1942.

I’m still in shock, and in politics I lost my virginity more than a few decades ago (along with the “other” one.) Congress working a Federal holiday. House Speaker John Boehner (R) must have had to pull back from the bar early in tears on that Amateur Night Monday to greet the challenge of herding House cats and have a clear eye to look out for Überconservative tea drunks with steely knives from Solingen.… [Read more]

Peering over the “fiscal cliff” without vertigo

So now, in Federal Follies, we have the looming breakers denoting the “fiscal cliff”, which The Party of No tried to steer a campaign with to naught. This isn’t exactly Preikestolen, a picturesque, actual cliff, 604 meters (1,800 ft.) over a fjord. In Norway.

In a recent San Francisco Bay exercise of American Exceptionalism, billionaire Oracle software honcho Larry Ellison was several million bucks lighter after his latest multi-hull America’s Cup racing yacht flipped and tried turning into a submarine.… [Read more]

The Norquist “tax pledge” exodus: Further proof there’s no Republican leadership

Some might look at the Republican flight from Grover Norquist’s legendary “tax pledge” as evidence that, finally, Republicans are stepping up and doing what’s best for Americans. Some might see this Republican exodus as proof that, finally, Republicans are done being guided by zealots and are frankly tired of losing elections. Some might see this Republican rejection of Norquist as courageous.  … [Read more]

Grover Norquist is Irrelevant

There are all sorts of post war Republican irrelevancies. Think of Reagan’s Trickle Down economics, Nixon’s dirty tricks, small government which always turns out to be a particularly large government, out of control military spending, Bush Jr.’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, The Pet Goat, the entire Bush family, and so on.

And now that many Republican legislators are finally jumping from his ship, irrelevant as well is Grover Norquist, his Americans For Tax Reform and his infamous, so-called Taxpayer Protection Pledge which protects only the wealthiest 2% of taxpayers.… [Read more]

Nobody voted for Grover Norquist. He’s the Wizard of Oz.

Wrapping up this week means continuing the discussion that has been taking place since Election Day: the nation’s economy and finances. Many say that both parties need to take heed of a couple of points that voters made: the Democrats won the White House but still don’t have a House majority. Republicans, on the other hand, maintained their majority but gave up Senate seats — and it is noteworthy to mention that some of the bigger losses were those suffered by Tea Party-supported candidates.… [Read more]

This Money Is For Me, Uh, I Meant Jesus!

Ralph Reed?  Didn’t he slither permanently away through that crack at the bottom of the kitchen baseboard following the scandal when the original version of The Christian Coalition that he founded with Pat Robertson collapsed nearly bankrupt in 1997? Apparently not, as Reed was recently resurrected by a top-secret group of wealthy and powerful individuals to assist Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker fight the bid to recall him from office.… [Read more]

Karl Rove is Still There

He’s still there…lurking. He’s still in our hair.  Grover Norquist may think he can control Willard but it’s Karl who will move heaven and earth, whilst completely ignoring ethics and morals, to get Mitt Romney elected — and he can’t be “elected” without Karl’s dirty tricks.… [Read more]

Taxpayer Funded Benefits For Congress

Taxpayer-funded benefits for members of Congress is a topic I have been bitching complaining about for ages. It’s a point of contention for me that the people who sit as the supreme overlords rulers over the rest of us are able to collect substantial benefits funded by taxpayers especially since they don’t do much to earn them — the same benefits that they seem to think the rest of us are not “entitled” to.… [Read more]

Tit for Tat

Tit for Tat is an old expression that means repayment in kind, retaliation, as in for an injury.  Tit for tat takes place when one side of a disagreement believes the other side has done something that is worthy of punishment. Retaliation takes place in order to balance the scales. Those of us who have been paying attention to the news see this kind of thing all the time; for example, if the Republicans get a ‘win’ which seems to happen WAY too much for my liking the Democrats will find a way to extract some repayment in the form of legislation that is important to the left.… [Read more]