• Was “Firebagger” a term used pejoratively by a lot of TBoggers when he was posting here? Because I’ve seen it used pejoratively a lot on a Democratic board.

  • I’ll give you two examples: Medicare and Medicaid. Someone stepped in to bring some relief to at least some segments of the population: the elderly and the very poor. Which party made that happen, against the opposition of the other? It wasn’t the Republicans.

    It wasn’t the New Democrats either. And that is what we have in D.C. now, the “full gamut” of Blue Dog and DINO to New Democrat. The word New is the clue most Democrats wish to ignore. New Democrats are deliberately distinguishing themselves from Democrats before Clinton, who championed NAFTA, repeal of Glass Steagall and ran on ending welfare as we know it, much as Obama spend a lot of first term cutting entitlements.

    As for ACA, please recall that was the brainchild of the Heritage Foundation, as it recoiled in horror from Nixon’s proposed plan. It is a giveaway to the health insurance industry.

  • nixonclinbushbama commented on the diary post Obama on Between Two Ferns: Did He Get Across To The Young  ‘Invincibles’? by Dennis Trainor Jr.

    2014-03-13 04:05:40View | Delete

    I’ll say it again: He didn’t learn his lesson about serial drone murder “humor.”

  • nixonclinbushbama commented on the blog post Paul Ryan Sloppily Blows Racial Dog Whistle Again

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    Scott Brown’s mom and he were on welfare, too, as was President Obama, for that matter. Yeah, people who grow up on welfare are never heard from again, unless it’s in criminal court. /s

  • nixonclinbushbama commented on the blog post Paul Ryan Sloppily Blows Racial Dog Whistle Again

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    I prefer to portray all Republicans as being against the 99%.

    More like all politicians in D.C., but I take your point.

    Until this year, Obama’s budgets have not been all that different from Ryans, at least not in bottom line figures.

    And Obama did promise to cut entitlements before his first inauguration. The very first budget he sent to Congress did indeed cut fuel subsidies to the poor and heaven knows he’s signed one cut to the SNAP program after another.

    His latest budget does step up some, and he did finally propose an increase in the minimum wage–but not while Democrats held both houses of Congress. So, is it real or kabuki? Besides, minimum wage is much more of a financial cost to the private sector than it is a government program.

    Thing is, if the two parties, meaning Republicans and New Democrats are not all that far apart on economic issues, they more or less have to keep us focused on the culture wars. And they both do a good job of that.

  • Perfect response.

  • Gotta love the serial drone murder humor.

    He made a drone joke at his very first White House Press Correspondents dinner and that deservedly got criticism. You think he would have learned.

  • See here’s the thing. For the past five years the democrats and Obama have.had scant opportunity to do much of anything. They don’t control the House and they refuse to put the senate on majority vote, except recently for appointments.

    From January 2007 to January 2010, the Democrats had strong majorities in both houses. And they always had the opportunity to use the nuclear option which, as you point out, they’ve chosen not to use.

    Republicans seem to have all the “opportunity” to do things and/or just screw up the works, that they need, whether they are in the minority or the majority. Yet, we keep saying how stupid (yet effective for their base) they are and how smart (but ineffective for their base) the Democrats are.

    Maybe the truth lies in a different framing. Maybe we should stop assuming that the smarter party wants to do what we think it wants to do. Maybe it’s been hitting pretty much what it has wanted to hit, while seeming helpless to do what we’d love to think it’s been trying to do.

    So I don’t see the Democratic Party as it is currently organized as the best chance this country has as you suggest.

    The Democratic Party as currently organization is the best chance this country has—for continuing its rightward motion with the least possible resistance from the populace. The right doesn’t object to things like repeal of Glass Steagall, and the left shuts up and supports “its side” or, at the very least, makes excuses, like “because Republicans.”

    Maybe it’s time to reconsider the “More Effective of Two Evils” voting strategy, especially at Presidential election time.

    Unless a voter lives in one of the counties that are critical for Presidential elections, contrary to popular wisdom, his or her vote for a third party candidate will not help put a Republican in the White House. It just won’t ratify the actions of third way Presidents. And if someone cannot bring himself or herself to vote third party (rather than third way), there is financial support and volunteering for a third party.

    Our country needs many things. More choice on election day is one of them.

  • nixonclinbushbama commented on the diary post For Honesty by cassiodorus.

    2013-12-22 19:22:34View | Delete

    How did I know?

  • nixonclinbushbama commented on the diary post For Honesty by cassiodorus.

    2013-12-22 03:04:02View | Delete

    P.S. Specific feedfack is more than welcome.

  • nixonclinbushbama commented on the diary post For Honesty by cassiodorus.

    2013-12-22 03:00:05View | Delete

    I hope that is not a trick question or a sarcastic one because I am about to answer very straightforwardly: Green, and I will explain why I think that. The US now has over 30 national political parties alone, exclusive of state and local parties. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_the_United_States Judging by names alone, most of the national parties [...]

  • I just copied the following about Elizabether Warren from a thread, where I had posted it a while back. (The original thread: http://my.firedoglake.com/isaiah88/2013/08/22/just-call-it-what-it-is/ ) She has said some great things, but so did Obama, well, between 2004 and his election in 2008, anyway. Fool me once….. For one thing, this from her wiki troubles me:

    “Warren [...]

  • OB, this post is not snark. However, I don’t know how to word this without sounding snarky, but I think it’s important. So, you just have to accept my word about not snarking. Or get mad. Either way, I’m posting this. Why are you posting about this, rather than calling people in D.C., including Brown? [...]

  • nixonclinbushbama commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Donald’s Snow Fight

    2013-12-21 22:52:51View | Delete

    Back at you, Dearie. Good nite.

  • nixonclinbushbama commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Donald’s Snow Fight

    2013-12-21 22:51:55View | Delete

    Thanks, Suzanne! I must sign off now, but I will bookmark this thread and am again sending you all good wishes.

  • nixonclinbushbama commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Donald’s Snow Fight

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    Anyone know if there is a box number or other address for FDL that I could get hold of to send a money order or something without scaring someone to death that I am up to no good? I have not used paypal since wikileaks, but I would even make an exception for this purpose.

  • nixonclinbushbama commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Donald’s Snow Fight

    2013-12-21 22:47:48View | Delete

    Actually, forget Christmas or New Year. Valentine’s Day would be fine, too. So would May 2.

    The timing is irrelevant. I just want to get this person a little extra cash to spend on whatever he or she wants to spend it on.

  • nixonclinbushbama commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Donald’s Snow Fight

    2013-12-21 22:45:21View | Delete

    Thanks, Dearie. I was typing when you replied. Sorry about that. I don’t want to gift an FDL membership. I want to make an anonymous Christmas or New Year gift of cash. I wish a few people here could do the same, even if its five bucks. This person has not had full time employment in years and I believe him or her fully. However, I don’t want to intrude or hurt anyone’s pride, either.

  • nixonclinbushbama commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Donald’s Snow Fight

    2013-12-21 22:42:28View | Delete

    Short answer: Just fine. You?

    If anyone knows the answer to my question in Reply 17, please post. I will check this thread in the morning. If not, I will ask again another time.

    Meanwhile, you all have a beautiful rest.

  • nixonclinbushbama commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Donald’s Snow Fight

    2013-12-21 22:38:03View | Delete

    What? You didn’t find the spluttering sexy?

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