Obama discusses the fight he is expecting to pass his budget proposal in today’s weekly address.
Here’s what he had to say about the upcoming battles:
I realize that passing this budget won’t be easy. Because it represents real and dramatic change, it also represents a threat to the status quo in Washington. I know that the insurance industry won’t like the idea that they’ll have to bid competitively to continue offering Medicare coverage, but that’s how we’ll help preserve and protect Medicare and lower health care costs for American families. I know that banks and big student lenders won’t like the idea that we’re ending their huge taxpayer subsidies, but that’s how we’ll save taxpayers nearly $50 billion and make college more affordable. I know that oil and gas companies won’t like us ending nearly $30 billion in tax breaks, but that’s how we’ll help fund a renewable energy economy that will create new jobs and new industries. In other words, I know these steps won’t sit well with the special interests and lobbyists who are invested in the old way of doing business, and I know they’re gearing up for a fight as we speak. My message to them is this:
So am I.
The system we have now might work for the powerful and well-connected interests that have run Washington for far too long, but I don’t. I work for the American people. I didn’t come here to do the same thing we’ve been doing or to take small steps forward, I came to provide the sweeping change that this country demanded when it went to the polls in November. That is the change this budget starts to make, and that is the change I’ll be fighting for in the weeks ahead – change that will grow our economy, expand our middle-class, and keep the American Dream alive for all those men and women who have believed in this journey from the day it began.
Via Zachary Roth writing for TPMMuckracker here and a follow-up here.
Portrait of a Liar/New Face of the Republican Party:
So, if I’ve got this straight, first this is what Bobby Jindal said Tuesday night in his official Republican rebuttal to President Obama’s speech:
During Katrina, I visited Sheriff Harry Lee, a Democrat and a good friend of mine. When I walked into his makeshift office I’d never seen him so angry. He was yelling into the phone: ‘Well, I’m the Sheriff and if you don’t like it you can come and arrest me!’ I asked him: ‘Sheriff, what’s got you so mad?’ He told me that he had put out a call for volunteers to come with their boats to rescue people who were trapped on their rooftops by the floodwaters. The boats were all lined up ready to go - when some bureaucrat showed up and told them they couldn’t go out on the water unless they had proof of insurance and registration. I told him, ‘Sheriff, that’s ridiculous.’ And before I knew it, he was yelling into the phone: ‘Congressman Jindal is here, and he says you can come and arrest him too!’ Harry just told the boaters to ignore the bureaucrats and start rescuing people.
“During Katrina”, right. In other words, on the spot. While the Katrina crisis was ongoing. He, Bobby Jindal, visited the sheriff, heard him yelling at bureaucrats about boats and Jindal, personally, gave him, the sheriff, permission to tell them, the bureaucrats, that boats were going out to rescue folks no matter what they, the bureaucrats, had to say about it. Thus making Jindal the hero of the day, right? Not so right, apparently.
Not that some people weren’t kind of questioning this story from the start. For one thing, as Roth notes, Jindal wasn’t even in the vicinity of New Orleans when this happened. For another, the sheriff didn’t know about the problems with the boats until about a week later. And for another, Jindal himself has previously told the story suggesting that he also was not aware of the boat situation until sometime after this all happened.
has their own personal biases against Matthews, most likely of a HillaryIs44 variety, so I take their words with a big grain of salt. I’m no fan of Matthews, but to essentially put him in the same basket as Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh is really quite silly. He’s an insecure Clinton-hating fool and an ass kisser to power, but he’s no Savage clone.
Ever notice that in addition to sharing an affinity for discussing liberal politics and viciously mocking morons, a substantial number of us Roastafarians are foodies? You can’t make chicken soup around here without hearing about exploding pressure cookers, the similarities between parsnips and blotter acid, an interesting recipe for cowpigen, etc. I count myself among the foodie contingent and in fact earned my blog handle due to my down-home cookery.
Let’s keep the foodie fun rolling with a new blog feature: Rumproast Food P0rn! Each week (or whenever we feel like it), we’ll highlight Roastafarian recipes—complete with food photos—and share cooking tips, tragedies and triumphs. If you have something to share, please forward your recipe, food photo and funny cooking story (if applicable) to bettycrackerfl-at-gmail-dot-com.
A word of caution: As failed First Lady wannabe Cindy McCain learned, it’s not kosher to post others’ unattributed recipes as your own. Feel free to share recipes you got from another source as long as you name that source (and link it, if possible).
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I thought Barack Obama rocked it hard last night and from the polling I’ve seen this morning (one example here), a vast majority of the American public agrees with me. He deftly boxed the Republicans in so well that the only direction they had left to go was to the extreme right, which will only hurt them down the road. Bobby Jindal, on the other hand, was a steaming pile of suck. He looked like he was reading a children’s book, not delivering the GOP response. And as Rachel Maddow so humorously pointed out last night, his frequent references to Katrina were boneheaded at best. If Jindal, Sarah Palin and Michael Steele represent the future of the Republican party, they are deeply, deeply fucked.
This title is not intended to mock the concept of Ash Wednesday, which is sacred to some folks. Rather it’s to commemorate my first Ash Wednesday, on which I made a complete ass of myself.
Being raised in rednecky Southern Baptist country left me ill-prepared for life in a city with a large number of Catholics, but that’s what I encountered when I lived in Boston for a few years. When I arrived, I don’t think I had ever heard of Ash Wednesday and was certainly unaware of its traditions.
On my first Ash Wednesday in Boston, I was riding the subway (or “T” as they call it) to work in the morning when I noticed the woman across from me had a big smudge on her forehead. Being the helpful sort, I caught her eye, pointed to my own unsmudged head and mimed wiping away the dirt. She gave me a puzzled look, so I repeated the pantomime. She went back to reading her paper—dismissing me as a lunatic, no doubt.
When I arrived at my stop and exited the train, I started noticing that many other people had smudged foreheads. I joined a veritable smudged-headed horde streaming through downtown Boston and was completely mystified by it until I met a smudged friend on the sidewalk in front of our workplace and asked her what in the hell was going on.
She laughed incredulously and said, “It’s Ash Wednesday, you dumb cracker!”
Years later, I married into a Catholic family and became somewhat familiar with their rituals, including Ash Wednesday, giving things up for Lent and the varying degrees of sincerity the sacrifice can signify. I’m not Catholic, but if I were, I’m afraid I might be tempted to temper my repentance by giving up something really lame like “imported wine” while continuing to swill down California products. I don’t do willing sacrifice well.
Just a few “tickled-my-funnybone” items as I took a work break and cruised the toobs for a few minutes.
Dr. Orly Taitz, ESQ. (sic) ups the ante by duping an actual military person into backing her latest attempt to hijack the court systems and demand Barack Obama (Mr. President to you, Orly) release his birth certificate. Lt. Scott R. Easterling, clearly suffering from TSD writes:
Until Mr. Obama releases a “vault copy” of his original birth certificate for public review, I will consider him neither my Commander in Chief nor my President, but rather, a usurper to the Office - an impostor.
My conviction is such that I am compelled to join Dr. Orly Taitz’s lawsuit, as a plaintiff, against Mr. Obama. As a citizen, it pains me to do this, but as an Offficer, my sworn oath to support and defend our Constitution requires this action.
World Net Daily is of course on top of this so expect the usual pack of loonies to pick it up momentarily.
ThinkProgress provides a flashback to an earlier time when Bobby Jindal, as a member of Congress apparently actually concerned about representing constituents, not only voted for extension of unemployment benefits to aid Katrina victims but actually co-sponsored legislation to do so. As Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said:
Jindal cosponsored and supported legislation to expand unemployment benefits and inject federal dollars into Louisiana’s unemployment trust fund. Yet today in the face of a financial disaster and record unemployment, he opposes similar action under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. What changed?
What changed? He became the presumptive front runner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, that’s what changed.
OK, so on this one I’m not so much laughing as pleading: “Earth to President Obama. Quit trying to work with the Repubs on a bipartisan basis. The American public DOESN’T WANT YOU TO! They (and by “they” I mean “me too”) want you to push YOUR agenda through (which is OUR agenda) and if you have to trample over the bodies of Republicans howling ‘over my dead body’ then JUST TRAMPLE”
Yes, a NY Times poll points out that only 39% of Americans consider that working in a bipartisan way should be a priority for the president. 56% said no - he should just pursue his agenda. And, further, a full 79% responded that the Republicans should be working in a bipartisan way with Obama. Only 17% believed Republicans in Congress should stick to Republican policies. I mean, seriously, Repubs, if that’s all your “base” amounts to, you guys ought to think about listening to the people. Them that votes.
Which brings us to my new favorite Republican clown, Michael Steele. Continuing to show his superior grasp of effective political tactics he has threatened to withhold GOP funds from the three GOP senators who voted for the stimulus. These guys are just betting their whole political futures on opposition to the stimulus package. We’ll be anxious to see how that works out for them.