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Ted Rall explains it in words and pictures

Did I mention Nancy Pelosi said “I could live with that?” Interesting choice of words. Could she live ON that? Because I HAVE TO.

 

In the old country, they were not skilled at propaganda. They never tried to disguise it as entertainment, or news or sports. It was just that: propaganda 24/7, pretty much displacing entertainment, news or sports. Everyone knew what it was, but was helpless to do anything about it.

The first time I knew I had to get out of there because it was messing with my brain was a time they decided to reduce pensions. Not stop COLA, but reduce them. I was young and couldn’t care less about that. But then I started seeing old people on TV cheering and explaining to me why this was a good thing. My threshold for absurd just exploded.

Once I came to the US, It took me a while to find the nicely packaged propaganda (about one month I would think). I comfortably kept it at a distance, along with advertising with my  superpower my voyage bestowed on me (kinda like Superman could fly because on his planet….)

But very soon, I’ll fly into the same threshold of absurdity, ironically on the very same topic: old people will tell everybody why it’s good they’ll be put on an ice floe.

Obama to Deploy Campaign Apparatus to Persuade Americans to Look Forward to More and Better Catfood

And there’s an extra layer of irony here: these are the same people who convinced enough voters that voting the guy who brought war and poverty is a good thing.

And Obama himself, in an interview with Des Moines Register on October 24 had this to say


And we can easily meet—’easily’ is the wrong word—we can credibly meet the target that the Bowles-Simpson Commission established of $4 trillion in deficit reduction, and even more in the out-years, and we can stabilize our deficit-to-GDP ratio in a way that is really going to be a good foundation for long-term growth. Now, once we get that done, that takes a huge piece of business off the table,” he went on to say.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/obama-vows-debt-cutting-grand-bargain-immigration-reform-142348400–election.html

A transcript of the whole interview has since been scrubbed. But just in case the so called “other side” didn’t get the wink wink, the campaign leaked stronger signals one day before the election

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – If President Barack Obama wins re-election, he’s expected to move quickly, perhaps within a day, to renew his bid for a bipartisan deal to avert a “fiscal cliff” that threatens to push the United States into recession, top Senate Democratic aides said on Monday.

A victorious Obama could reach out to Republicans as early as Wednesday and pledge that, with the election decided, it’s time to find common ground to deal with the year-end expiration of Bush-era tax cuts and the launch of automatic spending cuts that would suck $600 billion out of the economy in 2013.

And he did, even before staging the photo op with Sandy victims in NYC. Election time, I was sending that article to those asking me to vote Obama with the words “your thank you letter is in the mail”.

Now the same people will ask me to be happy about shopping for generic/smaller cat food.

Not sure about my super-powers against propaganda now. My head might explode after all.

For those thinking Obama sold out on the tax deal, rejoice! That was only the beginning

Obama to blink first on Social Security

The tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is just the first part of a multistage drama that is likely to further divide and weaken Democrats.

The second part, now being teed up by the White House and key Senate Democrats, is a scheme for the president to embrace much of the Bowles-Simpson plan — including cuts in Social Security. This is to be unveiled, according to well-placed sources, in the president’s State of the Union address.

See, there were a few more Rs to placate – the deficit hawks. Now, the social justice will be restored, the greedy geezers get to pay for the billionaires tax cuts – not by just having their social security frozen, but also cut.

This is a third bite Obama takes from this apple – which should tell Kuttner it wasn’t about blinking, but about Obama’s starry eyed dream.

This will be sold as preempting other worse things from the Rs and obtaining the all important extension of the debt ceiling. That will keep me warm at night.

I am now officially unsure how I’ll survive.

Kuttner concludes

The move also gives away the single most potent distinction between Democrats and Republicans — Democrats defend your Social Security, and Republicans keep trying to undermine it.

Tom Tomorrow does it again!

Chuck may have become the sensible woodchuck instead of the sensible liberal, but the cat food commission got its due

Some of my favorite panels:

for mentioning William Shatner

for making it clear it’s the POTUS commission

and for the cat food thinghy at the end

Of course, none of it comes even close to vast left’s

WASHINGTON – APRIL 27: U.S. President Barack Obama (4th L) speaks as he greets members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, including co-chairs Erskine Bowles (3rd L) and Alan Simpson (5th L), in the Roosevelt Room at the White House April 27, 2010 in.

Oprecious who is even these days compared to FDR set up this abomination by executive order.

Its recommendations are supposed to be voted by this lame congress – AFTER the elections,

Pelosi just made sure of it

BREAKING: Pelosi Sneaked Approval of Vote on Debt Commission

FDL has learned that in a last minute move, Nancy Pelosi sneaked language into the rule that the House is voting on tonight regarding war funding.

Embedded in the rule is the requirement that the House will vote on the deficit commission’s recommendations in the lame duck session if they pass the Senate.

It’s been called a Suicide pact by B0bots who still don’t understand why

President Obama risks endangering his own future and his party’s in pursuit of a misguided policy goal.

And James Gailbraith provides testimony to the commission about why this thing shouldn’t even exist. It’s required reading for everyone

James K Galbraith Statement to the Commission on Deficit Reduction

He calls in the legitimacy of a secret commission, bankrolled by a foe of Social security.

first, that your discussions are at a level of discourse so low that you feel it would be embarrassing to disclose them. Second, that some members of the commission are proceeding from fixed, predetermined agendas. Third, that the purpose of the secrecy is to defer public discussion of cuts in Social Security and Medicare until after the 2010

He calls Simpson’s ability to lead the commission

But Senator Simpson has plainly shown that he lacks the temperament to do a fair and impartial job on this commission. This is very clear from the abusive response he made recently to Alex Lawson of Social Security Works, who was asking important questions about the substance of the commission’s work, as well as calling attention to the illegitimate secrecy under which you are operating.

Before this display of ignorance

he called retired Americans “greedy geezers” because they don’t want their Social Security payments used to fund extravagant tax cuts and military spending.

Please note in the video how he says that the life expectancy used to be 57 and that’s why they set retirement age at 65. Also, those IOUs he mentions, are the violations of the “lock box” by the government which dipped in OUR money to pay for wars and tax cuts to the rich.

Galbraith statement also explores the economic reasons the catfood commission is nonsense – as it’s stacked with politicians and only 2 economists.

And as the public at large has no idea what’s going on, here they go in the darkness to seal our fate

WASHINGTON – APRIL 27: U.S. President Barack Obama (C), and co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Erskine Bowles (L) and Alan Simpson (R), leave the Rose Garden after remarks by Obama April 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. Obama thanked members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform for their service and spoke on the ‘importance of forging bipartisan consensus around recommendations to meaningfully improve our long-run fiscal health.’
Please, spread this information around before it’s too late.

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