If any of you have been wondering what our boy Alan Grayson has been up to, here it is. First of all he shaved that ridiculous looking beard off.
Hmmm, this explains why he had that beard in the first place...
Second, he has taken up the fine art of visual prose, as this visually stimulating and humorous letter demonstrates.
I know why House Speaker John Boehner walked out of debt ceiling talks with President Obama on Friday.
It’s because Boehner can’t deliver.
It doesn’t matter what terms the President offers. It’s that simple. Boehner can’t deliver the votes.
The President might as well be negotiating with Tiger Woods; Tiger can’t deliver the votes, either. But at least Tiger has a better swing.
On Friday, the President said, “I think that one of the questions that the Republican Party is going to have to ask itself is, can they say yes to anything? Can they say yes to anything?”
The answer to your question, Mr. President, is no. The national Republican Party can’t even says yes to yes. And Boehner can’t do anything about that.
In May 1935, Pierre Laval, then the Foreign Minister of France, and also the once and future Prime Minister of France, met with Josef Stalin, the Soviet dictator. Laval, a Catholic, urged Stalin to stop persecuting Catholics in the Soviet Union. Stalin asked Laval why it mattered. Laval replied that continued persecution could provoke a quarrel between Stalin and the Pope.
Stalin replied, “The Pope? How many divisions does he have?”
I don’t think that anyone could confuse John Boehner with the Pope, but nevertheless, at this point, President Obama might ask the same question about Boehner. How many divisions does John Boehner have?
Fifty-nine House Republicans abandoned Boehner on the “compromise” appropriations bill. Even though Boehner depicted it to them as a Republican victory on par with, say, the Battle of Stalingrad.
And now, Fox News has reported that between 80 and 120 Republican members of the House will vote against any bill to increase the debt ceiling, no matter what else is in it. You can be sure that Fox News knows what Republicans in Washington are thinking – because Fox News tells them what to think.
So somewhere between a third and a half of all of the Republicans in the House of Representatives are going to vote against increasing the debt ceiling, no matter what Boehner puts in front of them. Boehner is a general with no troops. The coach has no players. The teacher has no students. The chief has no Indians. The bride has no bridesmaids.
That’s why Boehner is always crying.
It seems as though all those rounds of golf lately between Boehner and the President aren’t likely to accomplish much, except maybe lowering the President’s handicap.
According to Fox, Boehner can’t deliver enough Republican votes to increase the debt limit. So where does that leave us?
Congress has over 200 caucuses. The largest is the Congressional Progressive Caucus. I think that what Congress needs is a new caucus, Democrats and Republicans, who are willing to raise the debt ceiling without cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
I’d call it the Sane Caucus.
It seems pretty clear what his re-election strategy is. Not a bad one if you are looking to corner the AARP vote in Florida.
Amidst the continuing carnival of debt, and putting aside the collective idiocy of Washington DC (Debt Ceiling), I found it somewhat disquieting to see just how much our government is trying to ape the short term priorities of Wall Street.
Look at them all kowtowing to the rating agencies. I mean who really gives a flying AIG what the rating agencies think. Why don't we just shut them all down instead of watching them pretend to have their hallelujah moment? Yes good old subprime Amerika is no longer a AAA credit. Do we really need those useless shit bags to tell us this?
Next, the idea that decisions have to be timed to the market. All weekend we heard about the financial mayhem that would follow if an agreement could not be announced before the Asian open.
Wow! What a climax.
This just goes to show how very very little little Chicken Geithner understands where and when the financial contagion will strike next. It also tells us that our debt addicted leaders are thinking spin and instant market gratification instead of long term planning for the future of the Republic.
That crazy Floridian Fraudclosurenaut Grayson seems to have it right again. Boehner can't deliver what the Democrats desperately need and the Democrats will commit public harakiri if they go along with putting the knife to SM&M without getting something tangible, instead of smoke and mirrors, in return.
Somewhere over the weekend, I read a comment about the Titanic analogy that was really spot on.
Unlike Washington DC, the crew of the Titanic did not have the benefit of months and months of advance warning and preparations for the approaching field of mega icebergs in which we now find ourselves smack in the middle.