The anonymous person who filmed the [47%] tape turns out to a bartender with a local catering company who is coming forward now that the election is over. He’ll reveal his identity tomorrow in a hour-long interview on the Ed Show on MSNBC, but in an interview…Tuesday night, he suggested that he was disappointed that Romney never thanked the wait staff, as Bill Clinton had years before at a different event the same bartender happened to staff.
wow. bold, ours. so just basic respect and manners. more.
The Voting Rights Act is one of the most powerful tools Americans have to fight injustice, and its protection is fundamental to our democracy. Since the Act’s enactment in 1965, disciplined, systematic efforts to undermine its safeguards by disenfranchising younger, poorer, minority, and disabled voters—some even more determined today than they were 48 years ago—are reminding us of the fragility of this very precious right. As America becomes younger, more diverse, and more vibrant, our response must be to embrace our common humanity, to widen the circle of opportunity, and to build a country where every American has a voice in the future—a voice that our vote provides and our government must protect. This is not the time to weaken those protections, but rather an opportunity to redouble our efforts to affirm them.
‘Repubs have invented a history in which it has been fiscal irresponsibility all along—and far too many centrists have bought into the premise…’
…The reality is that we had low debt and no fiscal problem before Reagan; then an unprecedented surge in peacetime, non-depression deficits under Reagan/Bush; then a major improvement under Clinton; then a squandering of the Clinton surplus via tax cuts and unfunded wars of choice under Bush. And yes, a surge in debt once the Great Recession hit, but that’s exactly when you should be running deficits.The point about the fake history that expunges the Clinton years is that it turns the budget into a story in which nobody is at fault because everyone is at fault, and the problem is a generic issue of runaway spending. No, it isn’t…
Obama will be on a short leash, fiscally speaking, over the next four years. He’s not gonna have any fun at all. He may decide to go blow up small countries he can’t pronounce because it won’t be any fun to be here, because he won’t be able to spend the kind of cash he was hoping to.
[his] comment that spending cuts would lead President Obama to launch a war of choice…demonstrates his shoddy memory…George W. Bush’s $806 billion Iraq War—waged under false pretenses and unfunded—was a major driver of the decline from the surpluses left by President Bill Clinton to the shortfalls inherited by President Obama.
‘…this is important—’
—Obama won big. Once Florida is called, the president will end 2012 with 332 electoral votes and a majority of the popular vote. To put that in context, Obama easily surpassed George W. Bush’s two victories—and Republicans had no problem saying he had a mandate—and is now the most successful Democratic presidential candidate since FDR (Clinton won twice, but came up short of popular-vote majorities both times)…as the dust settles on a long, difficult election cycle, the fact remains that Republicans saw an opportunity to win, and threw everything they had at President Obama. This morning, he’s still standing. So, too, is progressive governance…