We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Obama is no fool. While getting Republicans to boost his own reelection chances, he gets them to make a mockery of their newfound, second-chance, post-Bush, Tea-Party, this-time-we're-serious persona of debt-averse fiscal responsibility.
And he gets all this in return for what? For a mere two-year postponement of a mere 4.6-point increase in marginal tax rates for upper incomes. And an estate tax rate of 35 percent - it jumps insanely from zero to 55 percent on Jan. 1 - that is somewhat lower than what the Democrats wanted.
For 30 years the Democrats have refused to think “dynamically” about the connection between tax rates and economic behavior (or, for that matter, between regulation and business activity). It is precisely because liberal Democrats (who are particularly well represented in Congress) have rejected dynamic tax policy for so long that they are now experiencing a spasm of frustration and anger.
It’s not easy coming to grips with the 21st century, when your view of taxes, labor and the economy is permanently stuck somewhere between the years of FDR and Harry Truman.
I kind of agree with Krauthammer on the tax deal. I don't see the repubs or the economy benefitting much from it right now; PLUS it has by some accounts $500 billion of Harry-Reid-style pork built in to it (you know, the kind that benefits unions and democrat voters).
I think the republicans should back out of the whole deal, and fix it or try to after the new year. People will quickly see what Democrat-like tax rates will do to their pocketbooks.
Obama is terrified of a double-dip recession. I think he would like to keep the "crisis" atmosphere burning throughout his term, but he is behind the curve now and will get blamed if there is no economic improvement. For Obama to give in to this deal, and than go to Bill Clinton for help, he must be desperate.
Standing there, with Bill Clinton clearly in charge, in the White House, had to gall the hell out of Obama.
On financial matters as on terrorist detention, Obama is alienating his base because his base is insane, and anyone who has to actually govern can see it. But you can't have them all defecting, so you have to arrange payoffs to some noisy voices to keep them quiet.
Republicans go along with the noisy voices part because they don't want those voices going to war against them, either. So hiding Easter eggs in bills is a workable strategy for them.
I said going into this election that it was only round three of a twelve-round fight. The Tea Party is angry because it thought it had somewhat solved the problem with an explosion of frustration, and could just go back to work. We won round three on points, not by knockout. It's a twelve-rounder and we'd better get used to the idea.
Assistant Village Idiot
Methinks, el presidente was building his Christian identity walkin' off for the Christmas Party but also didn't want Billy Jeff gettin' in trouble with his ruler.
I know of one CELT center that has been a con job for nearly 10 years now. Funded by monies for research from the National Science Foundation, which in itself is a scam. Using research monies set aside for "real science" to support mediocre women in the academic world. Any citizen of this country can go to NSF.gov
type in their university and pull up how much money is being wasted on useless projects at the school. Or, better yet, type in the name of someone you believe has been funded by NSF monies.
Actually, one warm water sanctuary for manatees is the outflow of the Crystal River nuclear power plant on the west coast of Florida. They will congregate in the relatively warm waters there after it has cooled the reactor.
Seriously, the range of manatees will adjust to changing temperatures, warmer or cooler.