Working on some stuff for tomorrow, so let’s just wrap up for today!
I’d like to see Gibbs show some frustration over 15 million unemployed Americans. I’d like to see him show some frustration over 40 million people who can’t see a doctor when they need to. I’d like to see him show some frustration over the Republicans, who have blocked the president’s plans and his programs … They’re the opponents for him, not the liberals.
It’s really bubble world if you think some straw man on a blog somewhere is the source of all your troubles. I think “the professional economists” have done more to raise the ire of the White House than “the professional left.”
• Of course high-income earners would get a small tax cut if the tax cuts for the lower brackets are re-instituted. That’s why they call them “marginal tax rates.” Honestly, people do need a remedial training course on this. Then maybe they’d look at handing $100,000 to every millionaire in this country as a deeply flawed prospect.
• Look out, Jeffrey Goldberg is signaling the opening of the campaign to rain bombs down on Iran. He says that the chances of an Israeli strike are now above 50-50. This could usher in an economic Armageddon, incidentally. Be sure to read Steve Clemons’ sidebar to all of this.
• Meanwhile, our sanctions campaign is only entrenching the current Iranian regime and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and punishing the reformers. At least, so says one of the leaders of the reform movement, former Presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi.
• Drilling the final 30-50 feet of the relief well that will permanently close the gusher in the Gulf has been delayed due to a storm.
• Republican gubernatorial hypocrites take stimulus money in the end, after whining about socialism and then looking at their state budgets and realizing they need some socialism.
• Not only is the Obama State Department sending Imam Faisal Rauf, head of the Cordoba House project to build an Islamic Center near Ground Zero, on a goodwill tour around the Middle East, but the noted Muslim sympathizers in the Bush Administration did the same thing. The current mood on the right to basically demonize all Muslims is terribly counter-productive. In other Cordoba House news, the developers rejected David Paterson’s crazy, unconstitutional idea to buy them off to build the Islamic Center somewhere else.
• Some actual “anchor baby” stats show that 8% of all babies born in the United States have at least one undocumented parent. That seems like a ridiculously high number, given the estimates of undocumented people in the country. Nate Silver needs to get on the methodology here.
• The President signed a manufacturing bill today that would lower tariffs on materials purchased abroad for manufacturing use here.
• Transparency advocates are not happy about Bob Bauer taking on many of the responsibilities of making the White House more open and transparent.
• England’s growth forecasts are being cut because of economic uncertainty CAUSED by their austerity program.
• SEIU is going after the banks to renegotiate interest rate swap deals with municipalities, who are being gouged across the board. Michael Bennet, a victim of this with the Denver Public Schools, can win his Senate race going away if he becomes a reform activist on this issue.
• The reason I kind of held back on the “Aqua Buddha” story is that it sound like the kind of fraternity prank that would have a conclusion like this. Jack Conway’s people never touched it, FWIW. Basically, Rand Paul was a jerk in college, that’s all this story signifies. I never would have guessed!
• Former Mexican President Vicente Fox now supports drug legalization.
• A deadlock in the Blago trial? Is our criminal justice system so broken that Rod frickin’ Blagojevich could walk?
• Is the US really conditioning military aid to Lebanon on whether the weapons will be used against Israel at some time in the future? Since Israel started the last Lebanon war, does that include self-defense? Given that Iran could step in with the $100 million in military aid, this is fantastically stupid.
• Comprehensive immigration reform would fix at least half of the long-term actuarial balance of Social Security.
• Adding up stimulus (although some of these weren’t really stimulative on aggregate demand because they were paid for.)
• Pat Toomey did not lead a filibuster on the House floor because there’s no such thing as a filibuster on the House floor.
• Turning fallow farm land into giant solar energy centers; sounds good to me.
• Deeply corrupt candidate for Florida Governor Rick Scott gets served with a subpoena in the middle of a press conference.
• Denny’s puts KFC to shame with their deep fried cheese inside a grilled cheese sandwich.