Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, will be co-chairwoman of a powerful new Congressional committee that is supposed to recommend at least $1.5 trillion of additional deficit-reduction measures, the Senate majority leader announced Tuesday.
The leader, Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, also appointed two other Democratic senators, Max Baucus of Montana and John Kerry of Massachusetts, to the panel.
Mr. Baucus is chairman of the Finance Committee, which has authority over Medicare, Medicaid and taxes — three prime areas of attention for the new 12-member panel, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
Mr. Kerry, the Democrats’ presidential nominee in 2004, is chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
Mrs. Murray, who won a tough re-election race last year, is a member of the Senate Democratic leadership, the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Budget Committee. Her selection raised eyebrows among Republicans because she is also chairwoman of the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
In that role, Mrs. Murray recently attacked Republican candidates, saying they wanted to turn Medicare “into a voucher program run by for-profit insurance companies in order to pay for more giveaways to oil companies and the very rich.”
Mr. Reid said Mrs. Murray, a senator since 1993, had deep knowledge of budget issues and had shown an ability to “work across party lines.”
That skill will be useful in the joint committee, which will be evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, with a seven-vote majority needed to make recommendations. “The world is watching the work of this committee,” Mr. Reid said.
While the math fumblers at S%P have given the U.S. a downgrade, the Republicans debt ceiling theatrics have come back to haunt them. The public, perhaps only slightly better at math than S&P, has downgraded the conservative movement. New CNN Poll: Majority want tax increase for wealthy and deep spending cuts. As one could have expected from following the talks and news of the offer of Obama’s Grand bargain, there would have been more spending cuts if only conservatives would allow some little increase in revenue through tax reform and closing loopholes, Obama’s poll numbers look better than anyone’s. We can disagree on how hard who fought for what, but at the end of the day, who in fact looked like the most reasonable person in the debt ceiling debate. If Republicans are the chess masters they claim to be they should have seen the consequences of their actions a few moves back. They were determined not to let anything that even hinted at Obama’s signature on a debt plan be put to a vote. They said they were going to pass the best spending cuts bill available. Obama signs off on a plan that Republican leadership claimed was better than Mom’s apple pie – Boehner said he got 98% of what he wanted. The public is left with the jaw dropping impression that yet another conservative caused economic train wreck was narrowly avoided. If this continues, and there is no reason to think Republicans will get a sane grown-ups booster shot, we could save the nation millions by having an unchallenged presidential election in 2012, as its is already a done deal. The choices are six to eight kinds of crazy or one guy that may not be the next FDR, but has shown no tendency to punish millions of American families in the name of some wacky urban myths about excessive federal spending. The CNN poll also means conservative golden boy Eric Cantor is still tone-deaf to what the American people want – Eric Cantor’s Pseudo-Economic Rationale.
The last good thing John McCain did for the U.S. was the McCain-Feingold law of 2002. The rest of the time he is a semi-regular pontificator on the Sunday talk shows. He has no particular expertise on anything – he doesn’t even know how many homes he owns. Has nothing of real value to contribute to the public discourse. Oh, wait, that’s it. Such qualities make him the perfect conservative and darling of the Beltway press. There is one good thing to be said of this dinosaur of empty-headedness, he looks good compared to some of his constituents, McCain heckled by Tea Partiers over ‘Agenda 21′
It’s angry Tea Party town hall month in America and, in Arizona yesterday, Senator John McCain got a taste of the kind of crazy that colored Colorado’s gubernatorial race last year. The longtime public servant and one-time GOP presidential nominee was called out of touch by Tea Partiers who were shocked McCain didn’t know about United Nations “Agenda 21,” a plan that will see a world government take over the United States by wresting control of its farms.
“First our firearms, then our farms,” one of the Tea Partiers called out, amid the hullabaloo, according to the Arizona Republic.
Baffled, McCain said no Congress would allow that to happen but few cared to hear it.
Media Matters and Think Progress have full-time staffs to keep track on and research all the myths and conspiracy theories these conservative dip sticks come up with and they’ll never keep up. As soon as one is exposed another takes its place. Conservatives must carry them like sleeping spores. It is just a matter of the right amount of moisture, heat and state of mind, than another piece of crackery comes to life. That McCain has to personally put up with this craziness is small comeuppance for the disastrous policies he has supported over the years, from which millions of Americans have suffered as a result.
Violent riots have swept London all week. The Washington Post reports that last night, “Rampant looting and raging fires engulfed swaths of London on Monday as the wave of civil unrest that has gripped this sprawling capital escalated sharply.” Tonight, 16,000 police officers will take the streets to try to control the situation.
This morning in the National Review, Stanley Kurtz suggests that President Obama privately supports the violent protesters. Here’s how Kurtz makes his case:
The London riots have already kicked off the latest version of the seemingly never-ending debate over whether such events should be seen primarily as political protests by the powerless, or as out-and-out lawbreaking and vandalism. Back in 1992, Obama clearly leaned toward the former.
I found the press release Obama issued to get Project Vote rolling, in the ACORN archives at the Wisconsin Historical Society… Said Obama in 1992: “The Los Angeles riots reflect a deep distrust and disaffection with the existing power pattern in our society.” That’s Alinsky-speak for “We’ve got to use the power of the angry underclass to put capitalism in check.” […]
I certainly don’t think President Obama would openly speak about events in London the way he spoke about the L.A. riots nineteen years ago. What he thinks to himself is another matter.
What better way to figure out what Obama thinks about the riots in London than sifting through 20-year-old press releases in the ACORN archive?
Kurtz didn’t let the fact that nothing in the ACORN archive even begins to support the conclusion that Obama supports people who are burning down buildings and smashing store windows in London. He simply translates the press release into “Alinsky-speak” and the logic of his conspiracy theory is complete.
I’ll get to some specifics about the London riots in a moment. It appears that like many such phenomenon they started out as a mix of genuine protesters who had no intention of doing any property damage or cause harm to any persons. Like the L.A. riots those few legitimate protesters were over shadowed by people who used events as an excuse to riot. This is one of the reasons I’m not big on street protesting. Your perfectly legitimate agenda is easily compromised by zealots or the opposition looking to make your side look bad. After reading the above – see the proper nouns, the pronouns, the adjectives, the verbs: Obama, riots, sympathizes, leaned, the former, LA riots, London riots, direct parallels drawn, ACORN. Kurtz reads the TPro write-up and he say he did not say what he said,
I see that a liberal blogger out there is claiming I think Obama “supports” the London rioters. No way do I think that, nor did I say that in my original post. My point was that Obama in 1992 saw the L.A. riots as a kind of political protest, a view quite similar, by the way, to the argument now being made by former London mayor Ken Livingstone, who thinks the British riots are implicitly a protest against the government’s austerity measures. Here’s a post from a blogger at Forbes who correctly criticizes the mischaracterization of my argument.
I was just casually observing that Kurtz engages in the kind of parallels Goebbels drew between the Jews and the decline of German power. But I really was not saying that. You can’t catch me making obtuse meaningless comparison because there are secret thoughts inside my head I didn’t use in the post which would clearly prove what I said was not what I meant. I would never engage in such Orwellian propaganda techniques because that would be unsportsmanlike conduct. This two young women have deeper insights than into the U.K. riots than Kurtz will ever hope to have – London riots: ‘A generation who don’t respect their parents or police’
Plenty of local young people, of course, were not involved – and many had little sympathy for the disturbances. “I think it was opportunism,” said Sarah, 17, who lives behind the Pembury. “I can understand why people would riot in Tottenham but here? I just thought it was a chance for them to cause havoc. It’s just an excuse.”
“But there is a problem,” interrupted her friend Ally, 21. “Growing up here, a lot of young boys, they are constantly harassed and stop and searched. The people, not just young people, they don’t like the police. They don’t get along with the police. They say the police are no good. They feel like they don’t help them. So what was happening, they were just trying to give the police the runaround. Just to piss them off.”
Both young women are currently looking for work, without success. “My dad talks about his generation, it was hard for them, but I think it’s worse for us,” said Ally.
“Definitely some people are just taking a riot that was for injustice and turning it to something that hasn’t got anything to do with it. But maybe it’s a cry for help as well. People are doing it to be noticed, because there’s a problem.”
I watched some video from the networks and the net. There is no excuse for what the rioters are doing. I saw one young man throw some bottles at the police than turn and hit an elderly man who was just trying to get past. I also saw a lot of young people, those most discouraged by the U.K.’s austerity plan condemn the riots. One thing the National Review, Kurtz, Fox and the right-wing pundits could do to get the “left’s” take on the riots is to listen to what the ‘left” actually says. Britain’s Labour Party is, unlike America’s Democrats, truly left of center. Ed Miliband: No excuses for rioting
Labour leader Ed Miliband has said there can be “no excuses” for the violent behaviour which broke out in London and spread to other cities.
Visiting Peckham in south London, where shops were looted, he said restoring public order must be the priority.
He urged the government to provide resources to help people who have lost their homes and businesses.
The PM cut short his holiday to chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee in Downing Street on Tuesday.
And this from another Labour MP(Member of Parliament) – People need reassurance that the police have the resources they need to keep streets safe
Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on police numbers in London and across the country, said:
“The 16,000 police on the streets of London made a big difference last night in restoring calm. This is further evidence that the Tory-led Government needs to urgently rethink its cuts to police officers and police budgets. Now is not the time to cut over 16,000 police officers across the country.
“It is shameful that it has taken these appalling events to force Boris Johnson to realise people are concerned about police cuts, as he has already cut 900 police officers from the Met in the last year and the Mayor’s own plans mean 1,800 officers are expected to go in total over the next few years. The police, communities and campaigners have been warning that these cuts were unsustainable for many months. It should not take awful criminal violence on the scale we have seen for those warning voices to be heard.
“People in London and across the country need reassurance that the police have the resources and officers they need to keep the streets safe and maintain law and order. Now is not the time for 20 per cent budget cuts that make it harder not easier for the police to do their jobs.
We can all depend on the Right to give us just as accurate view of events in the U.K. as we can of Michelle Bachmann(R-MN) giving us an accurate history of the treasonous Confederacy and the institution of slavery – Bachmann’s ‘Must-Read’ List Included A Book That Claims Blacks Were ‘Better Off In Nearly Every Way’ Under Slavery. When they meet for lunch do the slavery was great conservatives have the same flavor kool-aid as the “Agenda 21” conservatives or the Obama loves a good riot conservatives.
Congratulations to the citizens of Wisconsin in turning back the tide of Republican fanaticism – Wisconsin wrap up, a real victory, and we fight on. The Democratic party of Wisconsin should be hounding the DOJ to investigate election fraud – Koch Group Mails Suspicious Absentee Ballot Letters In Wisconsin
Mr. Kurtz may have been enough twisted logic and right-wing propaganda for one day. For those who can stomach a little more, RNC Chair Blames Obama For GOP’s Unpopularity