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It has been proposed that Bush-Obama tax cuts be renamed and moved to Bush-Obama tax rates. Please discuss it at Talk:Bush-Obama tax cuts#Requested move.

It comes complete with graph of the effects on deficit (so far)

When I did my Jr.jr page, I didn’t dream it will become main stream knowledge so fast..


The tax cut deal was signed in a ceremony and they have shots for their rich family albums

Those who were there. Politico starts the account

President Barack Obama celebrated the spirit of compromise Friday as he signed a controversial $858 billion tax-cut and unemployment insurance extension into law — but warned that bipartisan comity could be fleeting.

The most interesting part is just coming

Noticeably absent were Speaker-to-be John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who were all cut out of initial negotiations between Obama’s staff and McConnell.
Or as Politico headlines yesterday,
Unity Pony

Ha! They’re all PUMA now!


As if appealing 3 times a court ruling to end DADT didn’t send the message – today we get new clues

Is The White House Stalling DADT Repeal In The Senate?

ources on the Hill are telling me a big reason DADT repeal isn’t moving faster comes right from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Despite President Obama’s public support for repeal, with DADT stacked up against the START nuclear arms reduction treaty that Obama carefully brokered with the Russians earlier this year, the White House is putting its legislative push behind START.

I believe Carl Levin said it on TV during last weekend, but this came as 61 votes for the repeal already exist.

The article still maintains the illusion Obama wants DADT, and it’s just a priority issue

No one questions that Obama wants to see DADT end, or that he wants to see it end this year. The concern is over the priorities: Obama, it seems, wants START to come first. And with the White House pushing START (in daily phone calls from top White House officials, according to one source on the Hill), Obama could end up standing in the way of DADT getting done.

“The White House has been crystal clear that their number one priority in this lame duck session is START,” said one Senior Democratic aide.

Of course, if he does want the DADT so damn much, the question is: why does it have to be one or the other? Can’t he bother the Rs with two damn items?

Or as Gibbs put it

“There’s an effort to get this done if we have time to do it,” Gibbs said.

Yeah. They’ll trade it for START – rescuing yet another hostage..

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.

comes from this tweet

the first I set my eyes on this morning. It seems the Rs are not content with the Jane Crow provision eliminating public insurance, they want termination of pregnancy to cease to be a medical expense all together.

Explains the article

They view it as a Trojan horse for the elimination of private insurance coverage for abortion. If they’re right, tens of millions of Americans could see their health insurers stop covering abortions.

The article goes in a detailed analysis of the effect of this proposed bill on tax deductions for abortions, and therefore loss of incentive to cover it. Wait, why do I  have a feeling of deja vu?

Nowhere near is the fact that the Hyde amendment is already enshrined in an executive order, Obama’s Jane Crow EO.

What the Rs are doing now (and btw, a D is co-sponsoring this), is merely spreading around some more of the  Obama’s own Stupakistan. You know, the one Pelosi and others hailed as  a great step forward for women.

That Rs do not consider this good enough is significant, but one cannot  write about extending the Hyde amendment and ignore this event. At least, not in good faith, Mother Jones.

Stupak does get a paragraph in the story, but Obama’s name is nowhere to be seen.

This article seems a Newspeak effort, designed not so much to inform about a new bill proposal as to – once again exonerate Obama of his betrayal.

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