OutWest commented on the blog post Sometimes It’s Not All About Race When It Comes to Criticizing Obama
“People who voted for Obama in 2008 to prove they were not racists should damn well be telling him to go fly a kite in 2012 to prove they’re not idiots.”
I swore I would never, ever use this acronym (or whatever you call them if you’re savvy), but . . . LOL!
Thank you. I didn’t want to have to say this, since I’m a dues-paying-FDL-promoting member from a Red State. Remember, you guys from BlueLand: There are progressives in Red States, too!
So, I’m assuming that everyone posting here has taken a few minutes today to contact their congress critters to give them an earful about the Preznut’s apparent intention to cut Medicare.
I did, and I plan to keep the pressure on them going forward.
Second, I’m hoping others are also going to other venues to encourage posters to make contact with Congress. I hit HuffPo several times this morning with the message and a link to a site that provides congressional phone #s and email addresses.
The Prez wants us to engage the Congress, so I say we hit them early and often, and encourage others to do the same.
It was a good show. Much better than what I saw earlier on MSNBC.
Olbermann is picking up steam.
And I love listening to Eliot Spitzer and Jeff Madrick. Wish Spitzer was in a position to run for President.
Here’s another vote for this point of view. I can no longer stand the sight of the President.
Too little. Too late. Too bad.
OutWest commented on the diary post What Jonathan Chait Doesn’t Understand About Obama by Scarecrow.
Right here–in response to drb48′s lead–greenbell, tanbark, and Mauimom have encapsulated exactly what the Chaits of the world are missing: For those of us who have arrived at the “outright contempt” stage (Scarecrow’s four stages of Obama Grief–”disappointment, dismay, disgust, outright contempt”), Obama is this country’s worst option. He makes it impossible for liberals to [...]
OutWest commented on the blog post Energy Secretary Chu Uses Fallacious Argument to Support Keystone XL Pipeline
OT, but only slightly:
Here’s a link to a local story concerning the “real” meaning behind Nebraska Republican Governor Dave Heineman’s newfound opposition to the pipeline:
Turns out he’s just found a way to jump on the public opinion bandwagon without tarnishing his GOP credentials.
So any thoughts that he deserves some kind of credit can be rescinded. Too bad but very predictable.
OutWest commented on the blog post Obama Pushes for Modifications to Medicare and Social Security
I’ll send a message (another one) to my members of Congress all right, but I won’t be tellin’ ‘em what the Prez wants me to.
I’m not tired of their “games.” I’m tired of Obama popping up like some lame jack-in-the-box every so often and reminding us of the extent to which he has sold us out.
Proud to say I was a “Firebagger” long before it was cool to be one.
This has been an extremely valuable discussion. Thanks to all. FDL rocks!
First, thanks to papau for what is really a very clear response to my question–despite the late hour! I will add this piece to the puzzle I’m trying to put together.
Secondly, thanks to mosaccio for the link (and for this diary, of course). With the link, this diary and another of yours, and papau’s response I think I can start filling in some of the details I’ve been lacking.
Just one more tonight, if anyone is willing: To what extent is the 2% payroll tax holiday that went into effect six or eight months ago drawing down money that would otherwise be used to pay current retirees and thereby causing the SSA to have to redeem some of the Trust Fund bonds?
Dear masaccio and papau,
The gears in my head have been grinding away for the past year or so, trying to get a handle on SS finance. I have a series of questions. I need a “Social Security Finance for Dummies,” but absent that, would you be willing to answer my questions? They are probably quite simple, but my thought process is such that I have to build very carefully from the simple to the more complex, especially when something like finance is involved.
Here’s the first one: The “bonds held by the Social Security Trust Fund” are issued by whom and, probably more importantly, on behalf of whom? Other federal agencies who need money and come to the SSA because they know the SSA is sitting on a pile of it?
More questions will follow, if you’re game, based on what I learn from any answer you might give.
My heartfelt thanks for any assistance you might render.
OutWest commented on the blog post TMZ: Matt Damon for President, Says Michael Moore on FDL
Hate to say it, but you would have had to explain ‘em to me, too. :-(
OutWest commented on the blog post Over 20 Navy SEALs Killed in Helicopter Shoot-Down in Afghanistan
I am with you both, sadly and bystander.
They are too good for us.
OutWest commented on the blog post Senate Debt Ceiling Watch Party — Part VI, The End
I went halfway there today, Sinestar. Spent some time mixing it up with folks over at TPM.
I believe your idea has merit.
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