Fascinating Things I Learned Today
Wow, it’s just amazing the things you can pick up from the news. For example:
1) Congressional veto overrides are unconstitutional, as per Charles Krauthammer:
No president should accept — and no president from Nixon on has accepted — the constitutionality of the WPR [War Powers Resolution], passed unilaterally by Congress over a presidential veto.
(I think as long as they’re not unilateral they might be okay.)
2) An all-spending-cuts deficit reduction plan is bipartisan and reasonable, but one that combines spending cuts with any increase in taxes is hyperpartisan and probably insane:
In a joint statement with Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), his representative in the talks, McConnell said: “President Obama needs to decide between his goal of higher taxes, or a bipartisan plan to address our deficit. He can’t have both.”
Remembering, of course, that the commonly accepted definition of “bipartisan” is “Democrats caving and giving Republicans everything they want.”
3) Republicans are going to be scrappy penny-pinchers in 2012:
The leaders of two behemoth Karl Rove-associated unlimited donation campaign fundraising groups on Friday promised to spend $120 million against Democrats in the 2012 election cycle, much of it in the form of attack ads.
At the same time, the leaders of American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies (GPS) tried to cast themselves as underdogs to a Democratic apparatus they predicted will spend $2 billion between now and November 2012.
If only they had some deep-pocketed benefactors who could give them a little help. (By the way, I have so many browser tabs open that the one for this story just says “Rove-Ass”.)
4) Democrats are now the pro-war party, and Republicans are now the anti-war party. That hasn’t happened since, well, the last time we had a Democratic president. They seem to agree on unions, though.
5) The Holocaust is coming back, but Glenn Beck is going to stand against it to make up for doing nothing the last time:
He has previously alluded to the Holocaust as part of the reason why his rally [in Israel] is so super important: “Because I’ve read history. I know how it ended last time and I know how it started. First they came for the Jews, and I said nothing. Let me declare to the entire world, and ask who’s with me. This time I will stand. This time I will say something. This time I will be a force for good.”
I have complete faith in Glenn Beck’s ability to discern the difference between persecutors and victims.
6) Clarence Thomas is a corrupt bastard who should resign in disgrace. And Republicans couldn’t care less.