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New Boehner's not going to pass anything.
The only way a budget is going to pass is if the teabaggers are voted out of office. Until then, things are going to muddle along as they are with only changes at the margins.

That means huge, smart, cuts to Defense aren't coming either, even though they're needed.


New Great.
So now we're left with Boehner being the last defense for the working class? Swell. The future looks really bright.
New You're funny.
We've been around these tracks before. Here's a couple of my posts (and threads) that will save me some typing.




New All well said..
And I Hope (too) that Obama can somehow overcome the Paradox forced on *ALL* public figures, that You Dare Not tip your game-plan {other than vaguely}
..as it SHALL Be Spun into unrecognizable territory.

He's STILL the Best one in his position IMO, given the paucity of Any Talent Whatsoever.. still remaining in Murican Political Theatre.
Seems we have lost most of the Original minds as once sprinkled about through the detritus of Consumerdom--just when we Need those worthies,
merely to survive.. ..forget 'thrive' in any foreseeable :-/
New I'm expecting him to disappoint many with Keystone XL
It seems to me that unless he punts on the decision again, he'll decide to let it go ahead. That will infuriate many who portray it as the final nail in the coffin on climate change. With James Hansen free from his federal position, I'm sure he'll be out in front with the condemnation.

But I expect he will get some plaudits from "middle America" on the decision. (Papers in ND are already saying that the pipeline spill in AR is no big deal and should not affect the KXL decision - http://www.thedickin...37/group/Opinion/ ) Not that it will matter in the House, of course. But it might help swing some races that would swing the other way in the '14 election. Single issue voters will attempt to be very noisy either way.

There are lots of other things he has to worry about in the decision, too - http://www.nytimes.c...ml?pagewanted=all

He's in a nearly impossible position with respect to that, and with respect to trying to run the federal government in general. It's easy to say he should bend the House to his will, but he can't. He has no leverage because the voters didn't give him the leverage he needs. So he has to play the hand he was dealt. When he tries to get leverage by being creative with the cards he has, by proposing compromises[*] or even accepting some of the Republicans proposals in exchange for other things he wants, he's called all sorts of names by those who seemingly refuse to accept that he's not king.

It sucks, but that's where we are.

What do I think he should do? Accept the KXL with conditions - a) regular thorough inspections of the pipelines and facilities; b) increased regulation of old coal-fired plants to get them cleaned up or offline sooner; c) some sort of tax increase to make it more expensive to burn fossil fuels (or elimination of the egregious oil company tax breaks). He probably only can do a and maybe b through the EPA. But he can make an issue out of c. If he can use the KXL to get substantially more carbon-spewing things offline, it's a win for nearly everyone.

[*] - e.g. on the Chained CPI for Social Security. The proposal I saw (and posted about a few weeks ago - I'll post the link if I can find it again) was that the CPI would be adjusted, but benefits would increase for lower-income retirees. But you don't hear about that from those who say he's wanting seniors to eat generic dog food instead of Alpo - http://www.balloon-j...-you-were-my-man/


New Via Woodward - Nabors Draft "Grand Bargain" from 2011.
This isn't the link I was thinking of, but it has the important parts and a link to the 3 page FAX images.



New hansen is free?
That will infuriate many who portray it as the final nail in the coffin on climate change
when did you sell your car? turn off your heat and air conditioning?
Any opinions expressed by me are mine alone, posted from my home computer, on my own time as a free American and do not reflect the opinions of any person or company that I have had professional relations with in the past 57 years. meep
     Nice gesture, but Congress won't do the same - (lincoln) - (37)
         I'm really impressed - (hnick) - (12)
             Gotta start somewhere... - (folkert) - (11)
                 Are McConnell and Boehner doing it? - (lincoln) - (10)
                     Wow! Somebody else is worse!! - (hnick) - (9)
                         And you're whining that he didn't do enough to satisfy you - (lincoln) - (3)
                             And your point - (hnick) - (2)
                                 When did you become "anti-boxley"? -NT - (folkert)
                                 Re: And your point - (lincoln)
                         *I* did not say that. - (folkert) - (4)
                             All right, someone needs to start then. - (hnick) - (3)
                                 Stop. - (folkert) - (1)
                                     Done -NT - (hnick)
                                 And Tuesdays. Don't forget Tuesdays. -NT - (mmoffitt)
         Wonkette FTW. - (Another Scott)
         why dont he give up one vacation trip and keep WH tours? -NT - (boxley) - (14)
             Why won't Congress pass a sensible budget? -NT - (Another Scott) - (12)
                 why won't the whitehouse lead? -NT - (boxley) - (11)
                     read the Constitution - (lincoln)
                     Ask and ye shall receive - (lincoln) - (9)
                         are those real spending cuts or sears spending cuts -NT - (boxley) - (8)
                             He got at Social Security like he's always wanted. - (hnick) - (7)
                                 Boehner's not going to pass anything. - (Another Scott) - (6)
                                     Great. - (mmoffitt) - (5)
                                         You're funny. - (Another Scott) - (4)
                                             All well said.. - (Ashton) - (3)
                                                 I'm expecting him to disappoint many with Keystone XL - (Another Scott) - (2)
                                                     Via Woodward - Nabors Draft "Grand Bargain" from 2011. - (Another Scott)
                                                     hansen is free? - (boxley)
             take the money from the Pentagon budget - (lincoln)
         More. - (Another Scott) - (7)
             lets make the cuts permanent :-) -NT - (boxley) - (2)
                 Agree - let's make permanent cuts to Pentagon's budget -NT - (lincoln) - (1)
                     Agree -NT - (boxley)
             Point/Counterpoint - (Ashton) - (3)
                 Speaking of which ... - (drook) - (2)
                     Gotta change the conversation. - (Another Scott) - (1)
                         Zowie!! - (Ashton)

Sorry, you are not a winner.
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