Morning Must Reads: March 5

In the news: North Korea threatens to cancel the Korean War cease-fire, Sen. Menendez was framed, Syrian refugees approach 1 million, and John Boehner, "Master Negotiator."

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

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roknsteve
roknsteve

I see Paulie the Parrot is still eating crackers and spitting them at us.

La_Randy
La_Randy

Bob Woodward Claims Amtrak Chief Trying to Kill Him

"Famed journalist Bob Woodward claimed today that the head of Amtrak is trying to kill him.

The surprising charge stems from an email Woodward received last week referencing a "bullet train" Amtrak is hoping to build from Chicago to St. Louis.

Although the message reads like a perfectly innocuous request for a journalist to cover a story, the frequent use of the word "bullet" has left Woodward fearing for his life."

A little humor for today.

Tero
Tero

Paulejb is a white supremacist.

Tero
Tero

Paulejb is an anti-semite.

Tero
Tero

Paulejb is a bigot.

paulejb
paulejb

"As the politicians look for a way forward, conservative lawmakers say that new budget projections make their case for them. Federal tax revenue is forecast to hit a record $2.7 trillion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)."

This despite the loss of 8.5 million jobs since Obama took office.


DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

 The Middle East is mired in a philosophy out of the dark ages. Anything that occurred post 700 AD is anathema to them.

Isn't it funny when Paule calls other people anti-Semites and then posts gems like this?

paulejb
paulejb

"Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency’s budget were cut, what would it do?

The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place."

Budget Politics

Now do you get it, Hive Drones?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@La_Randy

Obama, Congress Must Reach Deal On Budget By March 1, And Then April 1, And Then April 20, And Then April 28, And Then May 1

WASHINGTON—With the dramatic, across-the-board sequestration scheduled to occur this week, the nation’s leading economists have warned that President Obama and Congress must come to a compromise on the budget by Mar. 1, and then again by Apr. 1, and then Apr. 20, Apr. 28, and—after Congress is once again unable to come to a comprehensive agreement to fully stabilize the economy—May 1, along with agreements twice a week, every week, for the next four years.

Experts say that without reaching a deal this Friday, the automatic $85 billion reduction in government spending will immediately slow the U.S. economy and impact thousands of middle-class citizens. Officials said the same exact thing will happen next month, the month after that, and the month after that if Obama and Congress fail to meet deadlines created by the preceding, incomplete deals.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@paulejb

This despite the loss of 8.5 million jobs since Obama took office.

"Let me make things up and see if they stick"  ~Paulejb

Fact Check: Job creation versus unemployment

The Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that a lot of jobs have been created under Obama's leadership -- 4.4 million by the bureau's latest count. What Obama did not say, however, was that the nation shed 4.3 million jobs during the early days of his term, and that the net gain since he took the oath of office in January 2009 is just 125,000 jobs.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Conservative Lawmakers also say they had nothing to do with the loss of 8.5 Million Jobs. This would be a lie as well.

Tero
Tero

@paulejb

"This despite the loss of 8.5 million jobs since Obama took office."

Like you care, you anti-semitic moron.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@paulejb 

News alert for low information Paule, taxes are still at historic lows, and with a vastly larger population, economy and GDP, it's not enough to cover it.  Yes, taxes and spending are the problem.

Robbert5
Robbert5

@paulejbFrom that same article:

"An impasse over the shape of the federal budget keeps boiling down to this basic plotline: Democrats say the solution to high deficits must include more tax revenue, while Republicans say the fundamental problem is spending."  and the write is wrong, democrats say that revenue is part of the solution, not the only solution. Man this is the same centrist pundit garbage that Joe Klein regularly writes.


mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb It would help if you read what you post fool. From the article you just posted:

Yes, if $2.7 trillion in revenue materializes this year, that would set a record. It would surpass the prior peak of $2.6 trillion, set back in fiscal year 2007 before the recession began.

But that doesn’t mean federal tax receipts are fully back to normal.

Economists generally compare taxes and spending to the size of overall economy. That’s because demands on government often increase as the economy grows and population rises. And the value of tax receipts needs to be adjusted for inflation, to give a real sense of purchasing power

Robbert5
Robbert5

@paulejbFrom the same article:

"Republicans in the House of Representatives have offered to pass legislation giving President Obama the authority to pick and choose what gets cut — anywhere in the trillions of dollars of federal spending — rather than being hemmed in by the arbitrary provisions of the sequester.

This would minimize the damage done by budget cuts concentrated in limited areas, such as the Defense Department. But it serves Obama’s interest to maximize the damage and the public alarm because he can direct that alarm against Republicans.

President Obama has said that he would veto legislation to let him choose what to cut. That should tell us everything we need to know about the utter cynicism of this glib man."

The last sentence already tells you what an unbiased journalist the writer of the article is but on the content, the sequester was designed to inflict harm and damage in order to be to idiotic to let it go into effect.  Also giving the authority to the President on what to cut is to be able to blame the cuts on him which is solely a political ploy.  The repugs agreed to the deal, now live with it and don't try to weasle your way out of it.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@paulejb

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sowell

Sowell compared President Barack Obama's actions to Adolf Hitler's in a June 2010 editorial for Investor's Business Daily titled "Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?"[35] Sowell described the role of uninformed citizens ("useful idiots") in the rise of Hitler and Vladimir Lenin, arguing that the U.S. was on a "slippery slope to tyranny" because citizens were not thinking about the issues. The example he gave was the creation of a relief fund for the BP oil spill, in which he asked rhetorically what gave the President an unconstitutional "authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation." This comparison was criticized by liberal groups such as Media Matters[36] and the Democratic National Committee, who said that the article would be considered "ridiculous if it weren't so vile," noting that "it deserves to be marginalized."[37] However, some conservatives endorsed Sowell's comparison. Sarah Palin recommended it to her Twitter followers, prompting the President of People for the American Way, Michael B. Keegan, to ask whether Palin "agree[d] with Sowell that President Obama's work to hold BP accountable for the worst oil spill in American history can be compared to the actions of Hitler?"[37] Republican Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas's 1st congressional district recommended the column on the floor of the United States House of Representatives shortly after the publication of the article.[38]

Disregard, more National Review garbage.  I understand why you like that joke of a website.

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb 

A trillion dollars in stimulus and unemployment and underemployment remains at 14%. Barack Obama's policies = FUTILITY!

paulejb
paulejb

@Tero @paulejb 

Insults from a low information Canadian back woodsman. Color me unimpressed!

Robbert5
Robbert5

@paulejb The false equivalency is really staring to irk me.  The repubs are entranched in their only spending cuts meme.  The dems want a balanced approach, whoc is the obstinant child in this? Hint the name starts with R.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Robbert5 @paulejb 

I wish people would stop calling pundits journalists. You won't find any of the latter kind among rightwingers.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@MementoMori @paulejb @DonQuixotic 

Everyday Paule's reference material that he finds from the depths of the internet get more desperate, more insane and more hateful.  It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@paulejb @DonQuixotic Daniel Amerman?!?

Oh yeah, he's a super-genius. Here he is in '93, touting mortgage backed securities. Y'know, the kind of crap that, combined with Bush's unpaid war, nearly crashed the economy.

Brilliant. I guess Gordon Gecko couldn't be reached for comment. paulie's a perfect example of a low information FoxNews-fed conservative who thinks he's clever because he consumes a steady diet of lies that support his twisted worldview and can regurgitate on command.

http://www.amazon.com/Mortgage-Securities-Low-Risk-Alternative-High-Yield/dp/1557384770/ref=la_B001HP603S_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362519389&sr=1-1

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@paulejb @Robbert5 @DonQuixotic 

Maybe you should tell them why you're falsely representing them as a bogus statistic.  I'm reminded of how you don't understand the difference between the Debt and the Deficit paule.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@paulejb @DonQuixotic 

Daniel Amerman, lol.  Nice source.  I'll take the Bureau of Labor Statistics over some internet crackpot with a lame website looking to sell his own economics courses, thanks.

Robbert5
Robbert5

@paulejb @DonQuixotic Now you are just grasping at straws.  These 9 million seem awfully close to your original number but are in no way the same thing.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb @mantisdragon91 Yep that tends to happen after a once in a lifetime crash, especially when you have a party in Congress determined to slow the recovery in the hopes of getting back in power.

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb

'Obama’s “recovery” WORSE than Bush’s “recession!” '

"American incomes declined more in the three-year expansion that started in June 2009 than during the longest recession since the Great Depression, according an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Sentier Research LLC.

Median household income fell 4.8 percent on an inflation- adjusted basis since the recession ended in June 2009, more than the 2.6 percent drop during the 18-month contraction, the research firm’s Gordon Green and John Coder wrote in a report today."

http://polipundit.com/?p=41273

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb @mantisdragon91 And yet we did not go into a full financial collapse as we would have done following 8 years of Republican insanity.. Going back to the policies that created the once in a lifetime crash in the first place= INSANITY!

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Tero

"I live in a city of several million"

So do I need to boo the Habs, the Leafs or the Canucks?

Tero
Tero

@paulejb @Tero 

As I've told you before; I live in a city of several million. I guess you are incapable of learning...

MementoMori
MementoMori

@DonQuixotic @paulejb You mean like calling people "racial arsonists" while posting links from a white nationalists site? That kind of irony?