…if it is followed up by a few paragraphs on how it is stupid both politically and from a policy standpoint.

Maybe he predicts this will create a double-dip recession, thus being able to say, “I told you so” later, (if it happens!) at which point he does a lot of, “Now, who are you going to listen to?”

Win-win!

Not gonna hold my breath.

Update: As I read more, I think the left is possibly over-reacting here. 2011 is a ways out, too far to vapor-ize over. And it isn’t like their aren’t any programs worth freezing. Abstinence education comes to mind. The details will matter a lot on this.

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I consider these truths to be self-evident.

Hell, it’s testament to Obama’s fortitude that he just hasn’t up and quit yet, not to mention killed himself on camera, after he made a similar point.

Here’s the deal: I thought that speech was shit.

However, the health care situation is SO messed up that I’ll take anything I can get, and thus I think I relate with the President a bit.

It isn’t the players who are broken, it is the system. If the Wall Street bailouts, in which people richer than you (by a mile) were getting your money via just-fucking-large amounts of your tax dollars because we had no other alternatives to avoid the Blazing Saddles-esque version of Wall St. pointing a gun at its own head weren’t enough to convince you then I don’t have much hope for you. If you need more evidence that the “fiscal conservatives” of both parties aren’t paid for, bought, and sold, you’re a moron.

This country is now prioritizing values (thus your money) in a very weird way.

We are led by people who are not very nice or decent or, like, even averagely honest. This particular example is actually right on the verge of evil. And this from one of our two major political party’s leaders, on the Issue of The Day.

And for the record, I think Obama’s caving on DADT, extending and enabling Wall St.’s ownership of our politics and money, his alleged giveaway to Big Pharma, his rationale for continuing killing and getting killed in a country halfway around the world are all unconscionable, or at least absurd levels of political compromise–being President of us all does make a qualitative difference–too. But there are no such compromises for Newt to have to make, no consequences for Newt to talk so flagrantly out both sides of his mouth in such universally acknowledged Extreme Bullshit fashion.

(Watch for Newt on a Sunday Talking Head Show coming soon! He’s Very Serious!)

I don’t think the question of whether or not we’re in an Empire Death Spiral is an “if” one anymore, but “when” will be an increasingly important question to consider for an average 50 year old trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his/her life on the planet, which could be one day.

Update: So I guess where I come down on the health care issue has a lot to do being able to cross “getting sick and not being able to afford it” off my list of what the rest of my life might entail, like most of the rest of the world can. Seems like a cool thing for us to do for each other.

If not a gay Muslim fascist communist abortionist terrorist non-American citizen painfully centrist and imperialistic militaristic Democrat.

I dunno, I found the whole thing sort of hard to argue with.

It gets better as it goes on.

Update: I mean, at the end there where the President says, “And God bless the United States of America” you can tell he doesn’t mean it. *eye-roll*

My God. Money quote:

Where, they demanded, was the bipartisanship the President had promised? So, right there in the Cabinet Room, the President put a proposal on the table, according to two people who were present. Obama said he was willing to curb malpractice awards, a move long sought by Republicans that is certain to bring strong opposition from the trial lawyers who fund the Democratic Party.

What, he wanted to know, did the Republicans have to offer in return?

Nothing, it turned out. Republicans were unprepared to make any concessions, if they had any to make.

Karen Tumulty is a very straight reporter. I’ve met her, you know. I’m about semi-famous as a result.

The Republicans really have nothing but “no.” And they really need to start coming up with something else. When you get offered something you’ve been bitching for forever, you might want to have a counter offer, or stop calling yourself a politician.

It’s becoming embarrassing and unbecoming. I want small government, in general. This version of the GOP is not going to offer it.

Has been magnificent on his first most excellent European adventure.

I’m as cynical as anyone, ever, but have never lost my hope; have never taken the long view and thought the human condition was deteriorating. It’s slow, our progress, but it is steady. We are rational creatures, and reason will eventually win.

Obama is hard not to like and respect. Tough times ahead for the wingnut community. And I’m truly digging the overall atmospherics of ridicule of the GOP, when it comes to Rush as their leader, Glenn Beck as a legitimate commentator, or the GOP “budget.” (Spoiler alert: Tax cuts!)

It is absolutely amazing to watch, the GOP’s collapse in terms of understanding political reality. There are actual GOP big shots complaining about executive compensation limits on companies these very same GOP “leaders” own.

It’s all very interesting and weird.