|Don't me wrong: I appreciate the careful documentation the Many Lies of Team Romney during this election season. But I look at those efforts less as the drafting of a bill of particulars against the GOP, and more like Josephus gathering up an armful of books from burning Jerusalem and documenting the great city's demise from a perspective in the ruins.
Because for the Conservative 47% of the active electorate, the day Willard sewed up the Republican primary was the day it stopped mattering to them what lies Willard shits down their throat. Willard has calculated (correctly) that their bottomless, mindless, berserker hatred for the Kenyan Usurper means he can get away with saying and doing literally anything and then completely reversing himself hours later and so unless he transforms himself into a Scary Democrat Negro (hence my graphic), he has the base locked down.
Willard has calculated (correctly) that the average "undecided" voter is an idiot who is barely aware that Barack Obama is President, much less who said what when. Lies? Truth? All the "undecided" knows for sure is that people on both side should stop being so mean!
Willard has calculated (correctly) that most of American media is a joke run by hacks with the moral compasses of Tijuana donkey show pimps, who are congenitally unable to call a liar a liars, and who get paid on commission based on each time they say "Both Sides Do It" when a Republican shits the bed in public.
Pointing to each morning's fresh lies from Team Romney, or the Republican Congress, or Boss Limbaugh and his legions of imitators or just random Conservative idiots with spluttering apoplexy has become the the bread and butter of Liberal teevee, radio and print. And good on them (us) for providing that service.
It does, however, beg the question, "Who the Hell are they talking to?" Because there is no referee in this fight, kids.
There is no umpire, here: no impartial judge; no jury of 12 good men and true.
For us, the playing field will never be level and we must stop playing as if it were, because there is no cavalry coming to rescue us but us.
And most importantly, remember that however long the odds or however discouraging a given day might be, we are a hardy and tenacious stock, and our clear understanding of who we are and where we came from gives us a secret weapon that no movement based on a contempt for reality and a tissue of lies can match.
The power to summon giants.
Address of John F. Kennedy upon Accepting the Liberal Party Nomination for President, New York, New York, September 14, 1960...
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2010—What the Fiscal Commission is supposed to be doing:
|For the record, the so-called Fiscal Commission, which we've renamed the Catfood Commission, was established with this mission.
President Obama created the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to address our nation's fiscal challenges. The Commission is charged with identifying policies to improve the fiscal situation in the medium term and to achieve fiscal sustainability over the long run. Specifically, the Commission shall propose recommendations designed to balance the budget, excluding interest payments on the debt, by 2015. In addition, the Commission shall propose recommendations that meaningfully improve the long-run fiscal outlook, including changes to address the growth of entitlement spending and the gap between the projected revenues and expenditures of the Federal Government.It was not formed to "look at changes in Social Security," at least not ostensibly. Given the skewed nature of the commission--weighted conservative commissioners who have a history of promoting cuts to Social Security, as well as benefits cuts-happy Dems like Alice Rivlin, the story that has emerged from the commission is that it's all about Social Security.
Since Republicans on it are not only refusing to increase taxes, they're demanding more tax cuts, there's really not much else for them to discuss except Social Security. But there was a reason why this wasn't created as a Social Security commission--because Social Security didn't create the deficit and even gutting it won't solve the financial mess the country is in.
Today's Kagro in the Morning show had Greg Dworkin back with us to take us on a tour of the polling landscape. From there, it was on to an exploration of new frontiers for the show—specifically science and space—with Aaron Oesterle (aka FerrisValyn), who joined us to talk about the first private, unmanned resupply mission to the ISS, pulled off by SpaceX and its Dragon cargo vessel, and the issues the future of space exploration presents.