Nov 252012
 

Today is a Holy Day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb, so I will be meditating, when done here.  I’m current with replies.  Tomorrow the time has returned for my Podiatrist to cut a recurring growth from my foot, so I will post an Open Thread at most, and that may be late.  I hope to post articles on Tuesday, before leaving for prison volunteer work.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:35 (average 4:42).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MoveOn: What’s Big, Orange, And Makes A Ton Of Sense?

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From NY Times: Their states are still recovering from the recession, and now the nation’s governors are bracing, again, for cuts in federal aid.

They have been down this road before — Congress has already missed several self-imposed deadlines to cut the deficit — but many say they fear that this time, the talks in Washington to avert the so-called fiscal cliff will actually lead to deep cuts.

So they want a say in the negotiations.

Let’s call a spade a spade. Democratic and even most Republican governors fear the damage to their states that Republican proposed cuts will cause.

From ABC: When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and fewer tea party-backed House Republicans from the class of 2010.

Overriding those changes, though, is a thinning of centrist veterans in both parties. Among those leaving are some of the Senate’s most pragmatic lawmakers, nearly half the House’s centrist Blue Dog Democrats and several moderate House Republicans.

That could leave the parties more polarized.

ABC’s take on this is way off target, and revels their pro-GOP bias. The so-called moderate Republicans virtually always goose stepped, following orders, but the Blue Dogs often defected. If there is more gridlock, it is only because fewer Democrats are likely to cave-in to absurd Republican demands.

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  9 Responses to “Open Thread–11/25/2012”

  1. Puzzle — 3:17  A rose is a rose . . . I just wish I could smell this one!
     
    MoveOn — What a great sign!!  AMEN!!!!!
     
    NY Times — Oh where to start with this one?

    Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, chairman of the National Governors Association. “We just want to make sure that we have a voice as these decisions are being made.”
     
    But there is a long history of the federal government’s giving short shrift to the needs of states and cities — by making cuts in federal aid that forced service cuts or tax increases at the local level, or by passing laws requiring localities to take expensive actions without giving them the money to do so.

    So much for government "of the people, for the people and for the people."  Ideally, there should be some sort of consultation.  

    Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, a Republican, has been on both sides of the federal-state divide: trying to cut the federal budget as a chairman of the House Budget Committee, and now seeking to preserve services, especially for the poor, as a governor.

    I find it interesting that Republican/Teabagger governors like Kasich who wanted a Republican/Teabagger régime nationwide, would be crying the blues over huge cuts that will directly affect them.  Had the Republican/Teabaggers won the White House etc, what did they think would happen?  Ryan's budget certainly made it clear that there would be huge cuts that would have affected every state.  I'm sure that governors like Kasich will be blind to this and blame Democrats.
     
    ABC — TC — If there is more gridlock, it is only because fewer Democrats are likely to cave-in to absurd Republican demands. — AMEN!!!!!
     
    Cartoon — The words of Sir Walter Scott come to mind: "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive."

  2. Ah, I CAN Recall the days when you could call almost every RepubliCON an Un-Indicted Co-CONspiritor & not be sued by a Koch-sucker!;) I agree with Tom: "ABC’s take on this is way off target, and revels their pro-GOP bias. The so-called moderate Republicans virtually always goose stepped, following orders, but the Blue Dogs often defected. If there is more gridlock, it is only because fewer Democrats are likely to cave-in to absurd Republican demands." Bring on the Polarization!:)

    • I am in favor of honest compromise, but every time Obama has expressed willingness to make a deal in an issue, Republicans have changed their demands, insisting on more.

  3. MoveOn ~ These signs should be all over the world.
     
    NY Times ~ So now they are afraid of their proposed cuts? My, my, my.
     
    ABC ~ We don't know what to expect from them.
     
    Cartoon ~ St. Ronnie got caught but escaped punishment. It must have been Divine intervention.
     
     

  4. Miaow and a dozen fish cakes. Great