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Month: November 2011

Gridlock in Washington is Voter-Induced

Gridlock in Washington is Voter-Induced

It’s mind-boggling to me how the public and media continue to delude themselves over the principal cause of the governmental policy paralysis that grips Washington.   The latest example of gridlock is the failure of the so-called super committee, born of the debt-ceiling fight during the summer, and comprised equally of Democrats and Republicans to reach agreement on $1.2 trillion of deficit reduction.  Yet the failure of the deficit reducing committee and the current governmental dysfunction was perfectly predictable and,…

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Happy Evacuation Day from Sarah Vowell and Jon Stewart

Happy Evacuation Day from Sarah Vowell and Jon Stewart

After you’ve finished battling stampeding, pepper spraying Black Friday shoppers in search of the best shopping deals you can find, take some time out to celebrate Evacuation Day. Here’s Sarah Vowell on The Daily Show to give you the details of this post-Thanksgiving holiday. The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

Friday Night Videos – Howlin’ Wolf, Captain Beefheart, and Tom Waits

Friday Night Videos – Howlin’ Wolf, Captain Beefheart, and Tom Waits

I could write something about the police cracking down on Occupy Wall Street (but Mr. Fish says it all – see below), or Herman Cain or Newt Gingrich or some more about the “Super Committee,” but you could probably guess what I have to say, so instead I will just put up these videos and hope that you’ll watch them, ’cause they are all way, way great.

The Congressional Super Committee Must Fail

The Congressional Super Committee Must Fail

Yes it’s true. In order for our country to solve its unemployment and long-term debt problems, the Super Committee must become the Inept Committee. As I write this, the Washington Post’s countdown-to-deadline clock reads “5 days 15 hours 40 minutes 47 seconds.” The committee was formed as part of the solution to last summer’s debt-ceiling debacle. It’s made up of six Republicans, all of whom signed the Norquist anti-tax pledge, and six Democrats, all of whom are supportive of Obama’s…

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2012 Election Requires Unprecedented Sophistication from the Electorate

2012 Election Requires Unprecedented Sophistication from the Electorate

Conventional wisdom has it that in the absence of a dramatic and highly unlikely decrease in the unemployment rate between now and the 2012 election, President Obama’s electoral goose, and probably that of congressional Democrats, is well and truly cooked. His favorability rating in recent polls hovers around 45%, a grumpy and pessimistic electorate blames him as much as congressional Republicans for the government’s inability to improve the nation’s employment numbers, and increasing anger and disgust with governmental paralysis threatens…

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Republicans for Tax Increases?

Republicans for Tax Increases?

Regular readers no doubt know that I have been very critical of Republicans that signed Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge and our led by John Boehner who stubbornly says raising taxes in any way is a “non-starter.” So what a surprise this was: A group of 40 House Republicans for the first time Wednesday encouraged Congress’s deficit reduction committee to explore new revenue as part of a broad deal that would make a major dent in the nation’s debt, joining 60 Democrats in a rare bipartisan effort to urge the…

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