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Day August 28, 2009

Governor appointing replacement is bad… now it is good. Deficits are bad… now they’re good.

Funny how time changes things… or does your political slant just change the “view” of things? Today Paul Krugman wrote an article which he explains to us dummies why giant deficits are actually great for our economy and in fact should be bigger. Huh? However, it wasn’t too long ago that Krugmen penned an article titled “Off the wagon”which he said… Picture a recovering alcoholic falling off the wagon. First he says he can handle a few drinks. Then, when his inebriation can’t be denied, he insists it’s only a temporary lapse. But eventually he turns mean. ”What’s so great about being sober?” he growls, reaching for another bottle. As a drunk is to alcohol, the Bush administration is to budget deficits. And from his Wiki page… In September, 2003, Krugman published a collection of his columns under the title, The Great Unraveling. Taken as a whole, it was a scathing attack on the Bush’s administration’s economic and foreign policies. His main argument was that the large deficits generated by the Bush administration-generated by decreasing taxes, increasing public spending, and fighting a war in Iraq – were in the long run unsustainable, and would eventually generate a major economic crisis. […]

Honoring Senator Kennedy

The past few days have been overwhelmingly focused on honoring and remembering Senator Kennedy.  Many have asked how they can DO something to honor him so I wanted to let you know about a way for you to participate in the celebration of our Senator and his remarkable life and career. We’d urge you to share your memories or thoughts about Senator Kennedy in a Book of Condolences which we will collect, bind and deliver to the Kennedy family.  All details are available at You can participate right online or even better you can download and print a condolence page, ask your family, friends and neighbors to sign – or even go to the local coffee shop or post office (where is the best place to collect signatures in your community?) and ask folks to be part of it.   John Walsh, Chair Massachusetts Democratic Party

The mighty MA GOP threatens legal action

I ran across this article indicating that the Republicans might sue if the law is changed now granting the Governor appointment power.  Like Tisei I’m not a lawyer, but my sense is that while the 145-160 has already started and thus we can’t reset the election date, what we do in the meantime is still an open question.

Middle class is hurting because of GOP policies or lack there of

We seem to have a strong  anti tax and small government group lurking in the midst of our country.  Many of these people affiliated with these groups are individuals like me, the average middle class citizen chugging away everyday to provide for their families. These are the people I firmly stand behind and support, these people are the engine of our economy. They have been told by the GOP, conservative radio and television host that lower taxes and smaller government intervention in business can build the middle class and make it stronger.  These people have been diverted and need to come back to the realization that those policies although may sound great does not correct the stagnation of the wages we have endured as the middle class. The Republican party has been calling for less taxes and less over sight of business for the better half of two and a half decades The problem I see in this campaign of anti tax and limited government is the fact that they never once mention the stagnation of the wages of the backbone of the American workforce,  while the Republican party is hard at work with cutting taxes they never seem to […]

Weekly Joke Revue

Onion: Afterbirthers Demand To See Obama’s Placenta

WASHINGTON-In the continuing controversy surrounding the president’s U.S. citizenship, a new fringe group informally known as “Afterbirthers” demanded Monday the authentication of Barack Obama’s placenta from his time inside his mother’s womb. “All we are asking is that the president produce a sample of his fetal membranes and vessels-preferably along with a photo of the crowning and delivery-and this will all be over,” said former presidential candidate and Afterbirthers spokesman Alan Keyes, later adding that his organization would be willing to settle for a half-liter of maternal cord plasma. “To this day, the American people have not seen a cervical mucus plug, let alone one that has been signed and notarized by a state-certified Hawaiian health official. If the president was indeed born in the manner in which he claims, then where is his gestation sac?” Keyes said that if Obama did not soon produce at least a bloody bedsheet from his conception, Afterbirthers would push forward with efforts to exhume the president’s deceased mother and inspect the corpse’s pelvic bone and birth canal

Borowitz: Bush Questions Brevity of Obama’s Vacation Short Break ‘Sends Wrong Message to Terrorists:’

Former president George W. Bush criticized President Barack Obama today for taking such a brief August vacation, arguing that the brevity of his summer break “sends the wrong message to terrorists.”

Daniel Kurtzman:

“President Obama is going to take two weeks to unwind, as opposed to President Bush, who never wound.” –David Letterman

“Obama is spending the week at a $30,000 dollar-a-week beach house. And they call this guy a socialist? Come on!” –David Letterman

“Fox News host Glenn Beck has lost over 30 sponsors since he called President Obama a racist. And the latest sponsor that he just lost is Clorox bleach. That’s amazing. Even a company whose sole purpose is to make things whiter thinks Glenn Beck has gone too far.” –Conan O’Brien

“I’ll tell you something, ladies and gentlemen, if I want to see a death panel, I’ll turn into a George Stephanopoulos roundtable.” –David Letterman

“Have you seen these town hall meetings about the health care? People are screaming. And I’ll tell you, because if there’s one thing Americans hate, it’s comprehensive health coverage.” –David Letterman

“Then there’s the people who come to the town hall meetings about health care and think that Obama is going to do the same thing that Hitler did. I mean, what can’t you tell these people that they won’t believe? I could start a rumor right now. I could say, you know what? Under Obama’s health care plan, when you bring your child to a pediatrician, from now on, when he’s done, instead of giving him a balloon, he’s going to give the kid a condom. Stupid is a preexisting condition, yes.” –Bill Maher

Death panels in action after the flip.

Musical Chair(manship)s

I found this piece on an aspect of fallout from Ted Kennedy’s passing which I hadn’t seen discussed here yet.  It addresses who can take Kennedy’s HELP chairmanship and the political implications thereof.  It basically comes down to what Chris Dodd decides to do and the dominoes fall from there.

ACTION: Tell Massachusetts legislators to honor Kennedy’s last wish

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has launched a petition to Massachusetts state legislators asking them to honor Ted Kennedy's last wish and appoint an interim senator.

In less than 2 days, over 20,000 people have signed.

As PCCC co-founder Aaron Swartz — a Cambridge resident — described last night on WCVB-TV (ABC) in Boston [video after the flip - Bob]:

I'm blown away by how many people have signed on in just two days..I think it really goes to show how much people cared about Senator Kennedy and how much they want to remember his legacy by fighting for the causes he fought for for so long. 

Kennedy dedicated his life to health care reform, and it would be quite tragic if a vacancy in his seat for the next five months ended up damaging the big reform that is possible with a 60 seat Democratic majority.

Aaron will be delivering the petition signatures to legislators on Monday. If you want to sign, click the image below or go to


Republican Candidate Jokes About Hunting Obama

The Republican Party continues to shrink into its extremist base. This is the kind of thing that is making it increasingly difficult for Charlie Baker or any other Republican to win in Massachusetts. Associated Press: An Idaho Republican gubernatorial hopeful insists he was only joking when he said he’d buy a license to hunt President Barack Obama. Rex Rammell, a long-shot candidate slated to run against incumbent C.L. “Butch” Otter in the May 2010 GOP primary, made the comment at a Republican rally Tuesday in Twin Falls where talk turned to the state’s planned wolf hunt, for which hunters must purchase an $11.50 wolf tag. The hunt is due to begin on Tuesday. When an audience member shouted a question about “Obama tags,” Rammell responded, “The Obama tags? We’d buy some of those.” Rammell has refused to apologize (although he did subsequently clarify that he does not want to assassinate the President). Typically, however, and here is the real story: “Officials with the Idaho Republican Party in Boise didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.” And today, well into the news cycle, they still haven’t. Maybe they think people won’t notice, maybe they think its not a big deal, […]

Charlie Baker has nothing to say about Ted Kennedy. Really? [updated]

As Adam Reilly has pointed out, there’s a marked contrast between the websites of Republican candidates for Governor Christy Mihos and Charlie Baker.  Since news of Kennedy’s death broke, Mihos’s regular campaign website has been replaced by a message of condolence to the Kennedy family.  Baker’s, on the other hand, still plays that same dreadful video that went up when the campaign launched several weeks ago.  (Can they at least turn off the auto-play??) Thinking that, perhaps, Baker had at least twittered something Kennedy-related, I checked out the campaign’s Twitter page.  Nothing.  The only twit posted after news of Kennedy’s death broke early Wednesday morning reports that Baker is in Ohio watching his son start college.  [Update, 6:15 pm: There is now a twit referring to the Facebook note discussed below, though there's no link.] I can’t see what’s on Baker’s Facebook page, since we’re not Facebook friends.  (Note to Baker campaign staff: if you’re planning to use Facebook as a campaign tool, set the privacy settings so that anyone can see the page.)  But there’s nothing on the group page. UPDATE: However, Baker has posted a note on his Facebook account that, it turns out, you can read without […]