Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sunday in the Park with Arts

What shall it profit a man...

Approval Ratings in December of 2012:

President Obama - 57%

Congress - 18%


Because Mr. Obama understands that he is President of the entire United States. Not just President of the Democratic party of the United States.

Mr. Boehner, on the other hand, refuses to accept the fact that he is Speaker of the entire House. Not just Speaker of the Republican party of the House.

If the Speaker placed the President's latest proposal (extending tax cuts for everybody under $400K and cutting entitlement spending) before the entire House for a vote, it would pass easily and immediately--with a bipartisan majority. And Boehner knows it.

Getting a majority of all members voting (democrats and republicans) is how a grownup Speaker of the House is supposed to govern. But John Boehner has never understood that simple fact. Which is why his embarrassing behavior only solidifies his reputation as the singularly uninspiring Speaker of an increasingly unpopular House.

At some point he has to ask himself: What shall it profit a man to regain the gavel, and forfeit his country's soul?

The under-appreciated Joe Biden

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

The names of the little girls and boys, all dead now, were printed in white letters on a black background in this morning's Sunday New York Times--above the fold.

The lead story began as follows:

"The gunman in the Connecticut shooting blasted his way into the elementary school and then sprayed the children with bullets, first from a distance and then at close range, hitting some of them as many as 11 times, as he fired a semiautomatic rifle loaded with ammunition designed for maximum damage..."

That soul-crushing sentence was all I could bear to read.

Fiscal cliff? Our childrens' future? Are you f*cking kidding me?

We can't even keep lethal weapons out of the hands of demented psychopaths.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph.