Month: May 2011

As Great as Ever….

Hail to the Chief!

Decency:

Reality:

As I’ve often written, we’re in a strange state now where people who actually take textbook economics and simple arithmetic seriously are seen as dangerously radical and irresponsible, while people who believe in invisible bond vigilantes and confidence fairies, who claim to know what the market will want even though there’s no sign of that desire in current asset prices, are viewed as Very Serious. — Prof. Krugman

So. The vile, unnecessary PATRIOT Act is even worse than we thought. IS this a great nation or what?

The disaster of Objectivism. Me, I can’t figure out which is the sicker joke: An Objectivist head of the Fed or the kind of retard leader oblivious to that or simply, knowing, didn’t see any problem….

Fluke or hint of the 2012 backlash-backlash?

Destroy, destroy! Remind me: What have modern Americans actually made?

Looks like maybe the Republicans might actually be losing the heartland because they’re actually bothering to put the pieces together:

Here’s the big picture: If the United States is to the point at which helping disaster victims means cutting other needed programs, it’s time to rethink the way we’re running this country. Today, Americans have the lightest total tax burden they’ve had since 1958. One result of that low tax burden, and the resulting inadequate federal and state revenue, is that the Federal Emergency Management Agency faces a $3 billion shortfall. And that’s before the Joplin bills arrive.

Overly optimistic projections during good times brought us to this point. Pandering politicians agreed to tax cuts that this country could not afford. — Kansas City Star editorial

Doomed:

Neither the Long Depression of the 19th century nor the Great Depression of the 20th was an era of nonstop decline — on the contrary, both included periods when the economy grew. But these episodes of improvement were never enough to undo the damage from the initial slump, and were followed by relapses.

We are now, I fear, in the early stages of a third depression. It will probably look more like the Long Depression than the much more severe Great Depression. But the cost — to the world economy and, above all, to the millions of lives blighted by the absence of jobs — will nonetheless be immense. — Prof. Krugman

Our next America-hating president.
America-hating/destroying traitor.
America-hating traitor and inciter of imbeciles.
Just another bigoted hater.
What turns weak-minded men on.
America-destroying traitor.

The Greatness that Defines Modern America

The great thing about modern America: You can now count on things getting worse. Rule of law just took another kick in the groin if not mortal blow with another big win for the corporatists.

Sad. Jones had gone through some awfulness in recent years, little about which is publicly known. The privacy is not an issue, of course. But amongst the fallout of this unknown awfulness is that Jones stopped creating art for a while and had just started up again in the last couple of weeks. I just hope the end wasn’t awful, too, and that she had found a reasonable amount of happiness and peace. (More here.)

Newt Gingrich is a genius and here’s the proof:

“The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding,” Tyler wrote. “Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles. But surely they had killed him off. This is the way it always worked. A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught. But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead those who won’t be intimated by the political elite and are ready to take on the challenges America faces.”

More genius from Gingrich here. My Lord, he’s too good for us….

If you need a target, here.

Unbelievably sick human being.
Traitor. Our next president.
Traitor. Our next president.
Found at last: Christian love. Click on the link for the full description.

Know the Enemy: Our “Leaders”

Traitor.
Traitor. And likely next president.
Retarded leader.
Traitor.
Walking crime against humanity.
Traitor. And America's Most Loved Republican. Probably because he's lying blowhard.
And who could possibly seriously believe this man is qualified to be president? (Actually, the other Republicans made him appear credible. I mean, next to a Sarah Palin....)
Traitor.

Mission accomplished! Well spent!

Doomed! It’s gets no simpler than this.

Back from Involuntary Hiatus; World Pretty Much Unchanged; Just More of the Same….

Holy Groundhog’s Day! Isn’t this what HAMP did in part — set up what turned out to be a grossly underused fund to help refinancing? What is this — if at first you don’t succeed, fail, fail again?

Doomed enough?

Doomed! The American Banana Republic is not a good idea. Of course, it’s what Republican leaders have lusted for for decades….

From the Cut the Crap Dept.: The hugely popular Republican superstar Chris Christie’s approval rating: 38%, 56% disapprove. Clear presidential material. Run, Chrissy, run!

Sweet American Justice: This’ll teach them to come to America and get battered. Victims should always be the ones punished, yes?

Isn’t this the most fucked up thing. Oh, wait; it’s a Republican proposal. Of course, it’s D.O.A., still sick.

Doomed! We don’t learn from mistakes, we just make them again.

Hey, look! A terribly unimportant Republican retard.

Doomed — and sadly retarded, this partisan relativism.

Traitor.
Let's try and do this ourselves!

Sad, Sad, Sad

The genius of Paul Ryan and his awesome budget plan: Trigger another recession long before we recover from this one.

Japan, we’re comin’ to join you with a decade-plus of essentially no growth.

Lies still rule.

The disloyal, classy opposition.

See the massive job growth this century. See, too, how well the Bush tax cuts worked.

And apropos the above: When you give the middle class meaninglessly small tax cuts, like the Bushies did, also deprived of real benefit are the small businesses actually powering the economy (as opposed to the speculators). Pure fiscal irresponsibility. Or just part of the plan to shrink government and funnel more money to the corrupting speculators. And a note on that awesome job growth here.

Query: All this economic growth: In which sectors?

The threat of civil service workers. Oh, wait, it’s a factually-unsupported lie.

Hey, look! Inflation! Rather, the non-existence of inflation.

Not how we got here but why we’re stuck her, in part:
What DC considers a despicable scare tactic: accurately describing a proposal to dismantle Medicare.

What DC does not consider a scare tactic: misleadingly hyping the costs of not bringing deficits down now now now. — Prof. K.

Assholes: The Washington Post.

The future of the American job market: The job that can’t be outsourced.

America has the Greatest Leaders in the World

Leadership we (apparently) deserve:

I continue to be amazed by the way Very Serious People find ways to worry about everything except devastating unemployment.

Why we’re doomed!

Traitor.
Lying traitor.

Leadership we (apparently) deserve:

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) signaled his belief that pictures of Osama bin Laden’s dead body should not be released to the public during an interview on Wednesday, saying he’s “seen the photos.” However, that was before the Obama administrationannounced it would not disclose the graphic images.

Once it became clear that Brown had not seen the pictures in question, the senator found himselfhaving to do damage control. (Link.)

Facts, Shown; Reality — Deal with it

Doomed! If the image doesn't tell you why, click on it for the loner version.
Doomed! Because public debt being the cause of fiscal disaster is a lie. A problem at times, of course; the cause of the Global Economic Meltdown not at all. Anyone telling you otherwise is ignorant or lying.

It’s a fact, Jack: America’s most wealthy take their tax cuts and do not invest… well, Krugman is off somewhat; they don’t invest but speculate.

Just making the obvious obvious for the obtuse.

We’re not alone anymore! Canada to join the U.S. in the crapper!