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January 13, 2013

The DC Folly Trolley – 01/13/13

Lew to take Penmanship Classes

As a condition to being approved by Republicans, Jack Lew, Obama’s right wing nomination for Treasury Secretary, will be required to take night classes in penmanship.

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Photo of Jack Lew by DonkeyHotey 

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According to a Senate aide speaking under conditions of anonymity, the Obama chief of staff has such atrocious handwriting that many senators doubt if he ever learned to write.

President Obama is said to be in full agreement with Lew’s decision to go back to school.

According to the White House, the chief of staff will receive financial aid to assist in covering the cost of resuming his education. Textbooks, however, will not be covered by the benefits Lew is slated to receive.

This educational deficiency is now the chief reason for Republicans’ likely veto of the nominee.

The GOP aide said they’ve tried ever other kind of bullshit but have not been able to find a reasonable alibi to reject Lew.

Dreadful handwriting is the only viable reason to turn down Lew’s nomination, according to the spokesman.

In a move that took Republicans completely by surprise, however, the nominee announced that he would go to night school and take courses in penmanship.

The GOP caucus announced it would hold an emergency midnight night meeting to discuss the new development.

The likely course of action now is that Republicans will put a hold on the nomination until they can evaluate the nominee’s night school progress.

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Obama to Re-Evaluate 14th Amendment Option.

President Obama announced today that he is re-evaluating his options to pay the Federal debt as authorized by the Fourteen Amendment.

He has retained a new group of lawyers to study the extent of presidential authority under the amendment.

His previous legal advisers stated the fees they charged only included advice regarding the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, and as such to count past ten would result in a breech of ethics.

According to a spokesman, however, the president ordered the new legal team to compellingly reject the amendment as a viable option to evade the debt ceiling and finally quash Democratic support to force him to move in that direction.

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Obama Sets Up Democratic Party For 2014 Thrashing.

President Obama is said to be fed up with Democrats who are urging him to use the authority granted by the Fourteenth Amendment to ignore the so-called “debt ceiling crisis” contrived by the GOP.

The president simply wants to go in a different direction than the New Deal advocates in his party are advocating and he’s counting on Republicans to “force” him to go there.

That “there” where the president wants to go is cuts to the safety net.

So get ready for weasel words like “strengthening”, “tweaking” and “stabilizing” that mean cut, cut and cut.

Only Harry Reid and a handful of Democrats stand between Obama and his dastardly agenda.

And the president is eager and willing to repeat his 2010 election disaster and oust from office in 2014 any Democrat who will not help him achieve his goal: To begin dismantling the New Deal.

Obama will then have manipulated himself into a stronger position of being “forced” to work with Republicans to accomplish his goal of cutting Social Security and Medicare – if he is unable to achieve his signature ambition sooner.

Read the article at Naked Capitalism0

Eric Zuesse: Understanding President Obama’s Strategy

to Force Cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid � naked capitalism

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How NOT To Use 9-1-1 (Limerick)

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2013/01/

Seen any elephants lately. You’re either in an African savannah or an American zoo. Of course, you could be drunk. If none of these conditions apply, call 9-1-1.

Dumb Blonde Liberick

There once was a blond who could not
 
Save a guy who one day smoked pot
 
The weed it was bad
 
And for him it was sad
 
The number for 9-1-1 she forgot.

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Yes, I know I misspelled some words. But one of the conditions in the first paragraph applies here. Can you guess which one? Hint: I’m not in Aftica.

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Dumb like a fox.  The incomparable Marilyn in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

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The Senate is not only an undemocratic institution, it is now a dictatorship of the minority. Any senator can veto any legislation brought before that ignominious institution. The deed is referred to as the filibuster. In reality, it is a veto power.

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Petition for Krugman Fails.

Supporters for Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman to be nominated for Treasury Secretary circulated a petition that garnered more than 250,000 signatures.

Yes, Obama could nominate Krugman for the post and then suck his thumb while the fight opposing the nomination raged in Congress and Wall Street.

As we all should know by now, Obama won’t fight for his nominees.

The president would then sit back with his feet on his desk and wait for Krugman to withdraw his name from nomination, meanwhile laughing his ass off at liberals who so desperately want the Nobel winner and spokesman for the 99% to serve in that cabinet post.

And, by the way, Joseph Stiglitz would be an excellent nominee for Fed Chairman when Ben Bernanke bows out.

Won’t happen. He could never get Wall Street’s approval.

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Senate Spend Thrift Lectures Americans On Thrift.

Big time spender, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has a message for America: Do as I say, not as I do.

Graham, of course, is one of the biggest big time spenders in the history of the Republic. He voted for the Bush tax cuts, the Bush wars, repeatedly voted for increasing the bloated war budget and, last but not least, he voted in favor of the deregulation of banks that sent the U.S. in an historic downward spiral that is largely responsible for the deficit and the debt.

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A warning for all Americans from Lindsay Graham:  Do as I say or else!  (Photo by DonkeyHotey).

The overwhelmingly irresponsible behavior of this poseur has caused irreparable harm to millions of Americans and, incredibly, he has the monumental gall to lecture us on thrift.

The solution to reversing his profligacy is, of course, spending cuts. And which cuts might that be? We all know the answer to that question. Cuts to the Social Security benefits we all depend on and earn by paying for them all of our lives; cuts to Medicare for the elderly sick; and to Medicaid, a program that the elderly rely on for end of life care.

What a guy! Lindsey Graham has long been a candidate for the Most Valuable Putz Award.

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Democratic version of Look away!

Democratic version of Look away! (Photo credit: Norm Walsh)

Some of the greatest of the great presidents. Remove Clinton. Odds have it that Obama never makes the portrait.

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Obama Strives To Become Worst Dem. Pres. Ever.

With his announcement that he is removing the threat of minting coins to pay lawful government debts, Barack Obama has conceded to Republicans their demands for cuts to working class benefits.

At long last, Obama will achieve his own dream of reducing Social Security and Medicare benefits for those who need them most.

Obama will “buckle” immediately after the debt ceiling is reached, if not sooner, and implement the decades long GOP struggle to reduce the safety net.

The president now has his alibi firmly in place: “Those big, bad Republican meanies made me do it.”

Obama is on track to become the worst Democratic president in history.

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October 28, 2012

The DC Folly Trolley – 10/28/12

Mitt Romney continually attacks President Obama for apologizing for America during his first trip abroad.

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The nations of the world got to see a friendly face for a change.

The president, of course, did not apologize. The visits to foreign countries could be characterized as a necessary fence mending tour to wipe the slate clean in the aftermath of the clumsy foreign policy of the previous administration.

The callous treatment of nations by the Bush/Cheney regime can only be described as retarded, mentally challenged, stupid.  Yes, that’s it, stupid.

Mending fences was the least the new president could do.

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Senility strikes early for Republican politicians – somewhere around the age of 40.

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Republicans believe the Earth is 9000 years old. It is of course much older. However, researchers at the Sardo Institute of Higher Learning located in Pasta Fagioli, Italy, have isolated a defective gene created by God in the year 9182 BCE. The nasty little piece of DNA has migrated to the gene pool of Republicans. According to scientists at the Institute the gene causes Republicans to make stupid remarks about women, sex, rape and abortion.

Scientists have named the gene the GWB anomaly after former U.S. President George W. Bush.

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The latest Republican to make such a remark and among the many who possess the GWB anomaly,is one Richard Mourdock, now running for the Indiana Senate seat seized from Sen. Richard Lugar by Tea Party zealots.

Republicans - King, Walsh, Mourdock, Akin & West

Republicans – King, Walsh, Mourdock, Akin & West (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

OK, so the guy says he stated his beliefs poorly. To that I say, no he didn’t. What he said is exactly what he believes.

Who knows what evil lurks in the deep, dark recesses of the GOP brain?

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Some Republican guy named Mourdock

Emerged from a cave a feared warlock

He said from a rape

No woman can escape

Though conception may leave her in shock.

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A life cannot be aborted

Says Mourdock in words contorted

God he avers is OK

With a woman suffering each day

Through a life that rape has distorted.

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A good way to make some extra cash during retirement is to rob banks. After all, the biggest bank robbers today are the bankers themselves.

Of course, the government guarantees that the bankers will get away with it. You might not be so lucky.

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Obama says Ayn Rand is for teens. Not too sure about that. The philosophy may be puerile, but the books are definitely not for the young.

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The final resting place of the novelist and her husband. Who would have thought that such an innocent woman could be the purveyor of a pernicious philosophy.

I tried to read Atlas Shrugged and was well out of my teens at the time. I got about halfway through. It was so god awful I just could not finish it. It was worse than The Brothers Karamazov, which I forced myself to finish. Can’t recommend either novel however.

I have read about Rand’s ideas and agree with Obama: They are childish. Her philosophy, called Objectivism, promotes the idea of rational selfishness – itself a contradiction. All selfishness is irrational.

We all act in our own self-interest. It is a need that exists in all of nature. But we can do so without being selfish – a consuming passion that arises from sheer greed and is a destructive force.

Rand was also a proponent of laissez-faire capitalism. She would be surprised to learn that today’s Wall Street capitalists reject that economic idea. You don’t have to read the modern trade agreements entered into by the United States with numerous foreign nations to realize that the pacts consist of a host of regulations that protect American corporations.

Laissez-faire??? If it were truly implemented, Wall Street would have a collective heart attack.

Nothing says rejection of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism than modern trade policy. The 1% dumped this deified pseudo-philosopher’s ideas long ago. With one very important exception. They apply Objectivism to the rest of us. To sum it up in a simple phrase: You’re on your own pal.

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John Sununu accused Colin Powell of racism because the former general endorsed Barack Obama for president.

I recall Powell’s 2008 announcement supporting Obama. It was one of the most reasoned endorsements I’d heard from any public figure. He supports the president for many of the same reasons, many of which are still valid.

Sununu, on the other hand, is a grouchy old man, who should have been turned out to pasture years ago. Unlike other ill-tempered and dangerous neocons on the Romney team, Sununu is harmless.

However, to accuse someone of racism as a member of a party that exploits that evil idea for political gain is reckless, irresponsible and foolhardy.

Well, whaddya know. I just came up with a definition of the entire GOP establishment.

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Romney’s allies quite frequently base
Their attacks on Obama on race.
Of this fact, Mitt’s aware—
Seems he just doesn’t care.
Mitt’s campaign’s racist face — a disgrace!

Mad Kane

http://www.madkane.com/madness/2012/10/25/richard-mourdoch-rape-gift-from-god-limerick/

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Recently caught an article for women about the advantages of having small breasts.

I guess there are many good reasons for having small breasts, not the least of which is millions of men love them. Yes, that’s right. Some don’t like to admit it, for whatever reason I’ve never understood. But they do love them.

I’ve always felt big breasts are beautiful and small breasts are adorable.

But then again, I’m a leg man so I really don’t care.

Either way, women with small breasts have no need to fret.

Men are luckier. The bigger the better, sure. But one size fits all.

And I hope this year all sizes vote for Obama.

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By the way, there is also a nascent pubic hair debate. Do like yours with or without?

You’ll have to excuse me now. I’m late for an appointment with my psychiatrist. She’s a small breasted, with.

November 20, 2011

The DC Folly Trolley

Some comedian recently said that he would believe corporations were people when Georgia and Texas began executing them. Good idea but fat chance.

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The DC Folly Trolley is filling rapidly with daft GOP candidates. Better buy a ticket and reserve your seat. The election is fast approaching and the Folly Trolley will depart on its journey across the nation in just a few weeks.

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The latest candidate to board is Newt Gingrich. Is he for real or just the latest GOP flavor of the month?  Only the pundits in Follyland, DC can tell us.

A pundit has said that Gingrich is a stupid man’s idea of what a smart man sounds like. Well that’s probably because he has a mouth as big as a whale’s blow hole.

A whale blowing air through its blow hole after surfacing.  The blow hole acts as a whale’s nostrils.  Photo from a brochure for Harmony Bed and Breakfast, Seward, AK.

Newt Gingrich has the gift of gab. He uses it to pull the wool over the eyes of people who support him. He’s been doing that for decades. No reason to stop now. For half the population istworks very well. Some, like the Fox newsers, even provide the wool.

If his advisers can keep him on script, Gingrich has a shot at the nomination. Scripts aren’t the Newtster’s strong point. So it’s a tough assignment; the man has a hair trigger mouth.

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If Newt wins the nomination does that mean his wife has to give back the Tiffany jewels he used to buy her off. Nah, Newt’s too decent a guy to demand something so cruel. But he has proposed putting 10 year old kids to work in the schools.

Gingrich's official portrait as Speaker

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Perhaps you’ve heard by now, reports of Newton Leroy’s suggestion to put kids to work in their schools. No wage mentioned of course but probably something in the neighborhood of fifty cents an hour. That sounds about right.

Think of the possibilities such a program would spawn:

  1. It would eliminate high wage labor. To a Repub like Newton Leroy that’s ten bucks an hour.
  2. Allow schools to fire unionized janitors and lunch room personnel. Another good way to get rid of labor unions right wingers find so contemptible.
  3. It would also eliminate benefits for workers that Newton’s kids wouldn’t receive.
  4. Newton’s kids would greatly increase profits in privatized schools.
  5. The program would greatly increase the incentive to privatize more schools.
  6. Newton’s kids would reduce the cost of education so the Newtser could reduce property taxes – you guessed it – for rich people.

And how would Newton’s kids benefit from this nineteenth century thinking. Well, since they would now become working people they would no longer qualify for the school lunch program. So after three hours of labor they could pay for their own damn lunch, right Newt.

And now that the kids are making some big bucks, privately contracted food vendors could charge even more for their junk food – some of which is perfectly disgusting by the way. But, hey, it is bought and sold in a free market so it can’t be all bad.

So Newton Leroy strikes again. His idea will surely ignite support in the right wing Repub base.

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The chairs of the super duper committee in Congress have admitted failure. But not so fast. They still have three days to figure out a way to screw working people.

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Tax cut and spend Republicans have conspired for years to find a means to destroy the social safety net. They found the means when they bought the presidency for George W. Bush.

The Repubs cut taxes and spent with unmatched fury during the Bush years and now hope to bring their conspiracy to fruition.

Austerity is nothing more than a sneak attack on the working class the right wing abhors and of course on the hated social safety net.

So the Repubs want to spend, spend, spend – taxpayers money on their pet projects, on the war entitlement complex and on welfare for their big donor interests, the corporations.

They are determined to enhance the protection money conduit that lavishes hundreds of millions of dollars in cold cash on them and then to provide the protection – through favorable legislation – that the money buys.

To complete their destructive program, the right wing must destroy Obama along with its plan to abolish the middle class.

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The real mystery in the right wing conspiracy is Barack Obama. His determination to assist right wing extremists in their war on Social Security and Medicare is incomprehensible. The man has been absolutely driven to cut these programs. Yet by doing so, he participates in the GOP plan to destroy his presidency. Go figure.

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Think of Obama’s approach to the social safety net as murder. Social scientists tell us that the first one is the most difficult. All subsequent murders become easier and easier to commit. Does Obama not realize that the first adjustment these plans – will be the hardest to achieve? That if he succeeds even in bringing about the tiniest change he will open the floodgates to ever more changes until finally the programs are destroyed? Or is destruction his goal as well?

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The four great ideas from Robert Reich represent good, common sense.

  1. No spending cuts until unemployment is down to 5%.
  2. A jobs program big enough to make a significant dent in unemployment.
  3. Raise taxes on the wealthy.
  4. Cut war entitlement spending and corporate welfare.

The right wing is aware of all of these ideas and knows well the success such a program will bring to the economy. However that is exactly the program they are hell bent on preventing.

Unfortunately the Backstabbers Wing of the Democratic party has joined with right wing Republicans to whittle away at the middle class and the covenant between the generations the social safety net represents.

The Republican governors of several states exposed the conspiracy for all to see: Tax cuts for the rich, spending cuts for the rest of us.

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Spending is indeed on the rise. However, much of the increase is the result of war related costs and corporate welfare and does next to nothing to reduce unemployment.

Most of the deficit can be traced back to the Bush tax cuts, the Bush recession (both of which resulted in the collapse of revenue) and the unfunded Bush wars.

Given their recent tax cut and spending history Republicans are guilty of spectacular hypocrisy and monumental chutzpah.

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One reason why voting in primary elections is so important: Since it is mainly the party faithful who vote in the primaries and they vote largely for, “safe”, established candidates, many other potential candidates are discouraged from entering the primary. However, large turnouts by progressives could change the landscape of general elections by placing liberals – still the messengers of the people – on the ballot.

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Regardless of the support Obama gives to the conservative movement, they will never return the favor. Refer to McConnell’s statement that his job is to make Obama a one term president.

The Senate minority leader may well succeed. He has sabotaged all programs that might benefit the economy and the blame for his nefarious scheme seems to accruing to Obama.

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If Obama’s policies favor conservatives it is because he needs their money. Every little bit helps if he is to become the first president to spend a billion dollars to purchase the office.

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Tax cut and spend conservatives are responsible for the largest portion of the deficit. The Bush tax cuts, the Bush recession and the unfunded Bush wars resulted in massive expenditures and plunging revenues. Eliminate the tax cuts, the recession and reduce war entitlement spending and the deficit is quickly reversed.

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Blue Dog Dems are not much better than a bunch of right wing Republicans. In fact they give the party of FDR a bad name.

Rahm was instrumental in creating the Backstabbers Wing of the Democratic party. Sure, they’re the lesser evil. But a slow, relentless evil nonetheless.

2010 was an opportunity to teach the right wing Democrats like Rahm a lesson. They never learn though because they don’t want to. They’re as much into the protection money race as the GOP. And they feel no guilt at helping their donors by voting for legislation that provides all the protection that special interests desire.

October 26, 2011

Are You Rich Yet?

Ronald Reagan brought you supply side economics.  Are you rich yet?

Bill Clinton reformed welfare.  Are you rich yet?

George Bush gave you two tax cuts.  Are you rich yet?

Alan Greenspan lowered the prime interest rate to near zero.  Are you rich yet?

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After committing one of the most monumental screwups in world history, the Maestro is awarded a thingy by George Bush who hasn't yet received his thingy for all of his screwups. Image via Wikipedia*

Barack Obama extended the Bush tax cuts.  Are you rich yet?

Ben Bernanke purchased trillions of dollars of worthless CDOs from Wall Street banks.  Are you rich yet?

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Nice beard. Oh, yeah right. He's that Fed Chairman guy.

Obama gave you a payroll tax cut.  Are you rich yet?

Obama saved Wall Street for the sake of Main Street.  Are you rich yet?

All of the above actions enriched the richest 1% and saved them trillions of dollars in bank assets.  Are you rich yet?

Wall Street outlaws pay millions of dollars in protection money to the mobsters in DC we euphemistically refer to as Congress. And there’s a lot more scratch where that came from so long as the mobsters continue to play ball. There’s no indication the crooked game will ever end.

Alan Greenspan – Ayn Rand cultist, compulsive deregulationist and everybody’s favorite candidate for the mangled English prize –  committed a spectacularly monumental blunder by failing to recognize a housing bubble almost as big as his nose, until the damn thing burst in his face.  President Bush is seen awarding Alan the Baronial Medal of Stupidity, I mean the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  You actually get an award for being one of the central characters that caused the collapse of the global economy.*

*(Alan Greenspan was also honored with the Schmuckup Prize in Economics awarded by the Nobella Prize Committee in September 2009.

The Committee, whose hideout is located in Pasta Fagioli, a village nestled deep in the Italian Alps, grants awards from time to time to deserving individuals in the arts, sciences and government or just about anything else whenever it feels like it.

The Schmuckup Prize consists of a statuette known as the Little Schmuckie and is made of rusted metal stolen from an auto junk yard.  The Little Schmuckie is given to winners of the award while supplies last.  Unfortunately for Alan supplies ran out the day he was awarded the prize.

Alan has also been nominated for Shit Eatingest Grin of the Decade.  We stand breathless awaiting the committees decision on the winner).

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