So I guess in Geithner and Gregg’s view, Bernanke is too big to fire. (Damn if I know. I’ll be somewhat relieved when the corporations purchase the government outright and start making these decisions without bothering the rest of us with this kind of crap.)
In the meantime, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Shit-can Geithner and replace him with Elizabeth Warren.
At the risk of replicating NRO’s epic football prediction flame-out, I’m going to go out on a limb and pick today’s winners. (Unlike NRO’s Miller, I can only be wrong about two games.)
AFC Championship Game
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts
Winner: Colts, 24-21
Sorry, Jets fans. You’ve had a great run with promising young hottie Sanchez, and you’ve got a shut-down corner in Darrelle Revis. But not even Revis can cover both Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. Plus, there’s Peyton Manning. I’ll be rooting for the J-E-T-S Jets, but I think Indy will win it.
NFC Championship Game
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
Winner: Saints, 30-27
I’m rooting for the Saints, but it’s tough to pick this game—there are so many intangibles. I give the Saints a slight edge because my old Gator hero Percy Harvin, the Vikings’ Rookie of the Year, has been questionable all week due to migraines, which also plagued him at Florida. He’s like a racehorse, that dude. When he’s on, he’s ON. But he’s fragile. And the Vikes need him at 100% to prevail against a great Saints team.
A couple of weeks ago I could not get this song out of my head and I wasn’t upset about it. One of my favorite earwigs ever and the XX just released a video for it. Their debut album “xx” would have definitely made the best of 2009 list I never got around to compiling. Enjoy.
The O.M.G. victory of Scott Brown over Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts special senatorial election has turned the health care reform debate on its head. In this parallel universe in which we live these days where a majority equals 60% if the Senate is involved, and the Dems barely had that majority, it’s been a game changer. Bill-Killers (both progressive and conservative) are rejoicing, liberals are holding their heads and who knows what moderate Dem senators are thinking. (Yay, for us, we did this?)
The plan being floated most frequently is for the House to pass the Senate bill as is and then put in some fixes through reconciliation. Not everyone is on board with that plan.
In fact what House liberals seem to be doing is taking their ball and going home.
“We cannot support the Senate bill — period,” is the message that liberals delivered to the Speaker, Dem Rep Raul Grijalva told me in an interview just now.
All in all a big legislative mess right now. Some (including people on this very blog) have said that Obama was too ambitious in taking on health care reform in his first year - that he should have focused more on jobs and put health care on the back, or at least the middle, burner for now.
I just don’t know how you explain that to these people though. How do you language that? “Sure we value your lives, folks, but we have political capital to consider.”
My good friends Paddy and GottaLaff over at The Political Carnival, in conjunction with investigative reporter Jason Leopold, have started a fun new video project called BLUNT. It’s basically a video montage of 5-20 second random thoughts by newsers and newsmakers. This premier vid features Tommy Christopher, Caleb Howe, Alan Colmes, Marcy Wheeler and Cliff Schecter (among others).
Unfortunately the most animated thing in their new rappity-rap video is a cardboard cutout of Ronald Reagan, who is still very much dead. Stiltz & Serious C (THOSE ARE THEIR GHETTO-HOP NAMES, boy-eeeeeee!) really need the miniature wingnut breakdancer to rejoin their pro-bizzle posse if they want to TAKE THEIR COUNTRY BACK WITH THE TEABAGGIN’ BOOGIEDOWN BEATS!!!
N.A.S.A.‘s 2009 album The Spirit of Apollo generated several great music videos last year (including 3 of my top 15) and here’s yet another one. It’s R. Crumb’s Fritz the Cat via Brazil and pretty raunchy (especially the end), so careful at work (or wherever you are at the moment).
UPDATE (from Kevin K.): I hope Tom doesn’t mind me piggybacking on his post, but didn’t want to start a new one on the same subject. Keith Olbermann delivered a particularly good “Special Comment” about this debacle tonight on Countdown...
Where we see Congressional Dems as a jellyfish folded over in a spineless approximation of a defensive crouch, National Review’s Benjamin Zycher detects a cunning claque of Machiavellians moving stealthily toward the real Crown Jewel of Socialism that Rep. Bachmann prophetically foretold—an honest-to-god Big Gummint takeover of 1/6th of the US economy:
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: We are not out of the woods. It is wholly possible, and perhaps even likely, that the Dems will now turn to a limited version of health-care legislation designed and labeled as “insurance reform” — that is, sharp limitations on underwriting combined with guaranteed-issue and no-cancellation regulations.
In other words, no denial of coverage based on medical condition. This would yield a massive adverse-selection problem: No one would sign up for coverage until they developed expensive medical conditions. Even accident victims would be invited to sign up for “insurance” — shifting their known costs onto others — as they were wheeled into the emergency rooms. This, of course, would destroy the private-insurance sector, leaving only government to fill the void. Voila! Single-payer by stealth.
The beauty part? For once, the Democrats could use the average voters’ ignorance, short attention span and inability to digest anything more complex than bumper sticker slogans to their advantage:
Public-opinion polls show overwhelming support for such regulations, and Republicans in Congress would be hard-pressed to oppose them. But oppose them they must, for this path would lead inexorably to the nirvana of health-care socialism that the Left has been dreaming about for decades. It is our responsibility to provide congressional Republicans with the requisite education.
Hahahaha! Good luck with that “education” shit, pal. You and yours have trafficked in ignorance and fear to your own advantage and the country’s detriment throughout this entire process—screaming about death panels for Baby Trig and Grandma while the grown-ups tried to “educate” the public on the reality of our untenable health care situation.
How sweet it would be to see the shoe on the other goddamned foot for a change. And what a bracing sight it would be to witness insurance fat cats spending millions promoting the type of bill they just spent a year and millions of dollars trashing. Of course, this will never happen because it makes entirely too much sense.