Posts tagged ‘Jacob Lew’

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.


Photo of Jack Lew by DonkeyHotey

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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.