Shouldn’t it really be “Eye’-S-” of the beholder? http://themcluster.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/93fd6b96.jpg
reminds me of the scene from The Counselor ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2193215/ ) when they open the drum with the pickled body in it….
California Begins Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex (basically one of very few truly sane states in murica! If anyone should secede should be them!)
well and truly said! Throw them in a arena let them sort it!
Hi, Fi. Have you ever read “Johnny Got His Gun” by Dalton Trumbo? It was a post WWI book that garnered quite a lot of attention in those years. It was on the must-read list for War Resisters during the Nam “Police Action”.
Reagan adviser Bruce Bartlett: Face it, Obama is a conservative http://www.salon.com/2014/10/21/reagan_adviser_bruce_bartlett_face_it_obama_is_a_conservative/
“President Barack Obama “has governed as a moderate conservative,” former Reagan administration domestic policy aide Bruce Bartlett writes in a new essay for the eclectic American Conservative magazine.
Bartlett, an economic policy expert who left the Republican Party amid disgust with President George W. Bush’s fiscal policies and backed Obama in 2008, contends that a look at Obama’s track record reveals a president who’s basically a liberal Republican of yore. From the beginning of his administration, Bartlett argues, Obama has charted a center-right course on both foreign and domestic policy issues.
Populating his administration with hawks like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama has presided over new military engagements abroad while overseeing a draconian crackdown on national security leaks at home, Bartlett notes.
Meanwhile, Obama has pursued “very conservative” fiscal policies, Bartlett writes, signing a stimulus package that was far smaller than what experts and advisers like Christina Romer found would be necessary to really prime the nation’s economic pump. Moreover, Obama has conducted himself like a deficit hawk, “proposing much deeper cuts in spending and the deficit than did the Republicans during the 2011 budget negotiations,” when a deal eluded the two parties. And don’t buy into the the GOP “harping” that Obama hates business, Bartlett cautions. The president, he says, “has bent over backward to protect corporate profits.”
What about the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement? That, too, is evidence of Obama’s conservatism, Bartlett writes. Observing that Obamacare’s market-based approach drew on a model put forth by the right-wing Heritage Foundation and by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Bartlett contrasts Obamacare with a real left-wing alternative like universal Medicare. So why are conservatives so obstinately opposed to a fundamentally conservative health care law? “The only thing is that it was now supported by a Democratic president that Republicans vowed to fight on every single issue,” Bartlett writes.
While Bartlett doesn’t see viscerally anti-Obama conservatives as likely to acknowledge the president’s conservatism, he concludes that philosopher and activist Cornel West “nailed it” when he recently declared to Salon that Obama has given the country “a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency.”
At last, one of them finally admits it. I find his candor refreshing. I’ve said before that Obama reminds me of Eisenhower.
Just because he’s black, everyone assumes he’s progressive. He did betray a lot of progressives who helped get him elected. Although his opponent was not an option
he was the lesser evil… unfortunately not as less as we would have hoped! Far too many bush “policies” have lived and even grown under him.
I’m not going to delve into stereotypes here. The fact is that he campaigned on many progressive issues, including single payer. He was very much against private market insurance mandates as a candidate, as President, not so much. This can be applied to a host of other issues as well, including trade/fiscal policy. His appointments to the treasury and the keeping on of Larry Summers & Timothy Geithner is especially infuriating, these are pretty much the architects of too big to fail. He even tried to appoint Larry Summers to the FED. It was his own party that had to stop him which says a lot. He basically kept Bush’s entire fiscal crash team on which is just mind boggling to me. Then there’s the security state/foreign policy which I won’t even get into. Tacking to the right once in office seems to be the way of things, or maybe he was always there. I dunno. Perhaps he made practical decisions for expediency, the only way he felt he could get done, but ultimately that doesn’t make people feel any better about voting for a Democrat and ending up with Republican policies.
saw this guy on Fareed Zakaria earlier, yes I agree he’s definitely not the “socialist”, or the “Librul!” (/em shakes fist!) that the reich-wingers would have us believe.
What gets me is that LIBS refuse to accept this. The real problem is that it ( the blind eye ) sets the stage for a long procession of Obama-lke presidents. It is a liberal problem that needs to be death with.
Not that anything will come of it, but still an interesting thing to contemplate …
Hi, Haruko! Are you getting weather up there? It’s bright and clear here – quite windy, though.
Very rainy here, no snow.
Hiya classy! Hope you get this…sent you an e! 🙂
“even alleging that there have been murders carried out in attempts to cover up their wrong doing.”
Holy crap. If he has evidence of this he should be taking it up with the police, not in civil court. You can steal billions and run for office, but murder they still go after… for now anyway.
Hope it gets ugly, the uglier and louder the better, poison that reich-wing well, don’t make it any easier for him to try and make another run in 2016!
Waverly might find this interesting. Jerry Seinfeld says he believes he is on the autism spectrum.
Haruko, yes this is extremely interesting. Thank you for posting this. (Jerry Seinfeld also happens to be the most famous alum from my 4 year university.)
Ha! just goes to show…
Yikes, it might get down to -9 in Great Falls!
I have a niece living north of there close to the Canadian border. One of my sisters used to live in Shelby, Montana but she is now in Couer d’alane (can’t spell that one) Idaho.
You got it close.
Origatu, Haruko-san (prolly spelt that wrong too 🙂 )
today is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
CG sent me something cool about it for a page but I got busy.
Sorry, forgot to remind you…
I have a chunk of it somewhere in the house.
making the new page.
!!!!!!!!!!! NEW POST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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