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Old 02-14-2011, 09:42 PM   #751
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I just think it sucks that that sort of deal had to be struck at all, that the Democrats couldn't just go ahead and extend the unemployment benefits all the while telling the Republicans to shove off about the tax cuts.

But again, ideal world, yada, yada, yada. It's just frustrating to know that rich people will continue to get richer while important social services get cut (and which will thus lead to people relying more on things like unemployment benefits and other federal aid that is still left, and on and on the vicious cycle goes. Funny how the Republicans' actions inadvertently wind up causing the very things they rail against to keep going).Angela
I'm getting frustrated myself. If this keeps up, the Republicans won't have to run or worry about taking back the White House. They can just sit back and let Obama give in to their every request.

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The public is at fault here, at least as much as the politicians.
This ^ is also a good point.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:15 PM   #752
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what about defense?

let's cut some of that.
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:35 PM   #753
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If anyone is curious as to where federal spending goes, here are the Wikipedia figures sourced from the Congressional Budget Office:



There's about 100-150 Billion $ under 'discretionary spending' (instead of defence) that helps fund Homeland Security so your grandmother can be molested at the airport by someone serving parole.

Just to give you a sense of scale, the Republicans currently settling into congress were coming up with a plan to cut a laughably small $100 billion from that entire budget
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:56 PM   #754
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this whole thing sucks.
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:09 AM   #755
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Well, it's just a proposal. It's pretty normal for an Administration to play its cards close to its chest and leave the politically toxic stuff for Congress to slug out in closed sessions. I was a little surprised not to see more of the Bowles-Simpson recommendations in there, but that obviously doesn't mean they're off the table.
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Depressing deficit is depressing
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Apparently Rush Limbaugh calls her "Michelle my butt" when he talks about this issue. Nice.




Michelle Obama is depicted as overweight and binging on hamburgers in a cartoon on Andrew Breitbart's Big Government website.

The cartoon, which also appeared on Breitbart's Big Journalism site over the weekend, references Obama's campaign to encourage healthy eating and fight obesity. In it, she is drawn with a double chin and plump cheeks. She is drawn saying, "I've stepped up my efforts to control America's eating habits by telling restaurants to lower portion sizes and fat content." While she says this, she is eating one of a plateful of hamburgers.

President Obama is shown next to her, with huge ears but no excess fat, eating one of a tiny number of vegetables.

"Michelle, I want to get re-elected," he says. "What you're doing is only going to annoy a lot of people."

"Shut up and pass the bacon!" she replies.

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but that's so weird. she's so fit -- after the first SOTU address all anyone could talk about were her sleek, toned arms.

turning her into emotional-eating-Oprah isn't even based in anything ... make her a macrobiotic shrew who tortures her poor children by denying them sugar, wheat, and dairy, like Gwyneth Paltrow or Madonna if you're trying to make a point.

but i guess, for the Breitbart audience, racist depictions of fat black women are more easily understood.
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but i guess, for the Breitbart audience, racist depictions of fat black women are more easily understood.
Yes, big pictures and small words.
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That doesn't even make any sense.
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Is it supposed to be a comment on the budget somehow...?
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That doesn't even make any sense.
Yup.
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What the fuck is going on in this country?
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is she gorging on the hamburgers of entitlements and defense?

or are those NPR hamburgers?
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What the fuck is going on in this country?
have you considered Canada, I hear Canadian is not a difficult language to learn.
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