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How Far We've Come

How Far We’ve Come
Posted on 01/02/2013 at 2:30 pm by JM Ashby
This wasn’t very long ago.

Every single Republican primary candidate raised their hand when asked if they would turn down a deal that included 10 dollars in cuts for every 1 dollar in new revenue.

During the presidential debates, Mitt Romney also, once again, reiterated that he would not accept a deal that included a 10:1 ratio of cuts to revenue.

And as recently as the middle of December, congressional Republicans rejected the idea of a 10:1 ratio.

Fast forward to today, and President Obama and the Democrats managed to pass a bill with a 1:41 ratio of cuts to revenue. And Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, voted for it.


Party Of Lincoln...

Ari Fleischer Pulls Back the Curtain, Then Realizes What He's Done

WED JAN 02, 2013 AT 04:20 PM PST
Ari Fleischer Pulls Back the Curtain, Then Realizes What He's Done
by The Troubadour

Today, Ari Fleischer unintentionally admitted in public what we have long suspected: that he, and many conservatives like him, are sanctimonious, gluttonous fools motivated to good only by self-serving interests.

For here is his response today to the newly-struck "fiscal cliff" deal:

Ari Fleischer

I increased donations to charity in 2012. This deal limits my deductions so I, & many others, will likely donate less in 2013.
1 Jan 13 ReplyRetweetFavorite


So much for empathy. So much for genuine compassion. So much for this: What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?


However, he was appalled to have done so, for after pulling back the curtain today, Fleischer tried to yank it shut, tried to walk back what he had already revealed:

Ari Fleischer

For those having a fit re my charity tweet, when gvt reduces ppl's take home pay, ppl have less $ to donate/spend. It's math
1 Jan 13 ReplyRetweetFavorite

Yes. Math, indeed.


Norquist "Magic"

In reality, though, only 85 “Rs” voted to cut taxes for working and middle class Americans — 151 of them voted no because… rich people are what really matter.


Here’s to a new year without Mitt Romney!

More schadenfreude for the 47 percent
Posted on January 2, 2013


In one final slap the President
and Paul Ryan
and John Boehner just raised Mitt Romney’s taxes.
No doubt Tagg Romney will now tell us that his dad actually wanted to pay higher taxes.

Here’s to a new year without Mitt Romney!


From the White House: 7 Things You Need to Know About the Deal


THE RUDE ONE: President Obama just corrupted the Republican brand: Hastert Rule Flushed Down Toilet"

And what did Obama, with a heavy assist from Joe Biden, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, just get the majority of Republicans in the Senate and 85 in the House to do? Yeah, motherfuckers, it's like finally convincing the tight-ass fundamentalist kid on your dorm floor to smoke some weed and chill the fuck out. President Obama just corrupted the Republican brand. Assholes who had just been elected opposing tax hikes just violated their explicit campaign promises. Was that worth $200 billion in lost revenue? Was it worth upcoming battles on entitlements and the debt ceiling? Yeah, it was.

The bonus is that the fiscal cliff vote tossed the so-called "Hastert Rule" into the toilet and flushed. Yeah, Dennis Hastert instituted an anti-democratic and anti-Democrat policy when he was causing the Speaker's chair's legs to buckle. He said that no legislation could be voted on unless a majority of the majority supported it, essentially destroying the role of the minority party. The fiscal cliff deal shitcanned that.

Republican intransigence had to be kicked down the stairs of the Capitol because Obama knows that he's dealing with this collection of lunatics and ideologues for the rest of his term. 2014 ain't gonna change the House because gerrymandering has made it almost impossible. So he and Nancy Pelosi had to put together what is essentially a governing coalition of Democrats and the Republicans who actually give a shit about, you know, governing. The cherry's been popped, the thinking might be, so maybe now we can have some real fun.

Now that something big has happened in a truly bipartisan fashion, the Eric Cantor faction of the GOP - the teabaggers and other assorted cockmongers, most of whom wear nerd glasses just waiting for punching - is going to seem petty and churlish. There's gonna be a war in the Republican Party in the next Congress. We see it in the outrage over Boehner blowing out of DC without a vote on a Sandy relief bill. We saw it in the overwhelming vote for the tax hike in the Senate. Some of these fuckers want to get things done. Other fuckers want to keep cock-blocking Obama.

And, even though the price of admission was high, the Rude Pundit's hoping that the show will be worth it.


“Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources

Offering you a behind-the-scenes look at how very serious negotiations operate at the highest levels of government, for your late night amusement:

House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday.

It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal.

“Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present.

Reid, a bit startled, replied: “What are you talking about?”

Boehner repeated: “Go f— yourself.”

The harsh exchange just a few steps from the Oval Office — which Boehner later bragged about to fellow Republicans — was only one episode in nearly two months of high-stakes negotiations laced with distrust, miscommunication, false starts and yelling matches as Washington struggled to ward off $500 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts.


Our VP - How Could You NOT Love Him?

Office of VP BidenVerified
“It's meatball with provolone”-VP, ordering sandwiches for his staff @Potbelly today in DC. (WH Photo-D. Lienemann) pic.twitter.com/OabWljEa


Democratic Senate leaders: "We're done."

Democratic Senate leaders say they will not take up bill amended by House Republicans: "We're done."
— @politicalwire via Twitter for Mac


Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leaders tell The Hill they will "reject any House effort to amend a fiscal cliff deal that passed the upper chamber with overwhelming support on New Year's Day."

Said one Democratic aide: "We're done."

In fact, ABC News reports Senators have already left town.

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