Dana Milbank writes about the debate where no grown-ups appeared; Byron York reviews the GOP field in the aftermath of the debate-that-wasn’t and draws conclusions; Chris Cillizza writes up the only serious threat to Barack Obama … When Mario Cuomo took forever and forever to decide not to run in 1992, he was written off as “Hamlet on the Hudson.” If Mitch Daniels declines to run, will he be “Ophelia on the Ohio?” Sage minds want to know…
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“In one of the bills before us, 6 million seniors are deprived of meals — homebound seniors are deprived of meals. People ask us to find our common ground, the middle ground. Is middle ground 3 million seniors not receiving meals? I don’t think so. We’ve got to take this conversation from a debate about numbers and dollar figures and finding middle ground there to the higher ground of national values.” - Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, April 4, 2011
Since she recently Bitched about Reince Priebus’ ridiculous “26 million jobs lost” claim, the Bitch feels she needs to whack Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over the head for claiming that the recent budget cuts will deny 6 million seniors their Meals-on-Wheels (which, if you ever seen a Meal-on-Wheels meal, is not such a bad thing) on April 4, 2011 at an event sponsored by the Hunger Fast Coalition.
The Washington Post’s most excellent Glenn Kessler called out Ms. Minority Leader in his “Fact Checker” blog after alert readers tipped him off to her claims. Kessler contacted the Minority Leader’s office, the Administration on Aging, the HHS department which handles Meals-on-Wheels, and the Appropriations Committee, for clarification. Bottom line: no-one at either HHS or Appropriations could say how many people (or meals) would be affected, because it wasn’t clear how the cuts would impact the program. Absent guidance from HHS, Pelosi’s staff made a half-assed guesstimate; but more to the point, the Obama Administration is already keeping spending on meals for seniors flat between 2010 – 2012, resulting in 36 million fewer meals for seniors. So the horrible cuts the evil GOP are about to make, that could potentially starve seniors, have already been made by the Obama Administration. Oops.
The DC buzz this week is all about the looming government shutdown and the 2012 GOP budget, introduced today by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-01) from Wisconsin (a state you may have heard of lately).
Also, Rep. Peter King (R-NY-03), who firmly believes home-grown Muslim radicalization threatens America, received a bloody pig’s foot in the mail, with a note containing some anti-Semitic rantings from some confused citizen, who thought King’s anti-Muslim bias meant he had to be Jewish. HAH! You got that wrong, Mr. or Ms. Muzzyhead! Rep. King is a Catholic bigot, not a Jewish bigot!
But I digress.
You can read about what Rep. Ryan’s budget does, here. Early talking points focused on privatizing Medicare and turning Medicaid into a block grant program administered by the states. Nothing was said about taxes, which both Matt Yglesias and the Bitch found odd, since Mr. Ryan’s 2010 “roadmap to prosperity” featured massive tax cuts for rich people and raised taxes on the rest of us.
Many things are being said in support of Rep. Ryan’s budget ( here, here and here, where critic Ezra Klein admits Ryan has guts) and many things are being said against it (here, here, here, here and surely more to come). The Bitch doesn’t deny the deficit issue but she would like to point out that the 2010 “roadmap” called for a 12.3% TAX INCREASE for Americans making $21,000 a year — the poorest 20% — and a 15% TAX CUT on Americans making $460,000 or more. This is supposed to work because the richest people will invest their money in job creation etc; the tide will rise and the boats, they shall lift. The corporate profits, they shall rise and the deficits, they too shall rise, because there’s not a lot of space given to recapturing the lost tax revenue that could deflate the deficits.
Let’s be straight about what Rep. Ryan and the GOP is talking about here: They want to eliminate Medicare, Medicaid (as well as the Affordable Care Act) and cut taxes for the richest Americans, which we, the non-richest Americans, are to pay for. Same old sauce: the GOP have chosen a sham prosperity for America, and they’ve chosen — again!! — to finance it on the backs of the poor.
The Bitch thinks this is BS. If you agree, call Paul Ryan:
608/752-4050 (Janesville, WI)
262/654-1901 (Kenosha, WI)
262/637-0510 (Racine, WI)
Tell him the Bitch sent you!
Last week The Bitch posted the Nate Silver column about polling student Harry Engen’s model that predicted, “with 95.5% accuracy,” that the GOP would hold the US House of Representatives in 2012. Silver questioned the model, but didn’t really disagree with the conclusion. The Bitch’s take was that absent the final districts, the candidates and many of the issues, it was waaaaay too early to make any predictions. But boys like mental masturbation — and Jonathan Chait has jumped into Mark Blumenthal’s round robin over on HuffPo, making this useful (if over-generalizing) point:
The 2010 election was largely a result of the generation gap. To oversimplify, the old (conservative) portion of the 2008 electorate showed up, and the young (liberal) portion stayed away. Democrats borrowed a lot of seats in 2008 with a swollen electorate filled with young voters who weren’t likely to stay engaged in 2010. But the corollary of that is that Republicans borrowed those seats right back in 2010 with a disproportionately old electorate that doesn’t reflect what 2012 will look like. The mere fact of having a presidential race will make the House electorate substantially more Democratic.
Indeed, it’s entirely possible that, if the age gap continues, the Congressional vote will continue to swing back and forth like this, with Democrats picking up seats in presidential election years, and losing them in off-years.
So, to recap: not only do we not know the districts, the candidates, the issues (some of them we can guess at, though), we don’t entirely know the ages of the voters….yeah, it’s waaaaaay too early to call the House. But it’s something to think about…
Striking workers! How dare you protest unsafe work conditions and corporate raiders who loot your pension accounts! No food stamps for you! Brought to you by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH-04), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX-01), Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN-05), Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ-05) and Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC-01). (All of whom look pretty well-fed to these eyes…)
Specifically, the bill would make ineligible for food stamps any family where one adult member participates in a strike other than a lockout. (I seriously wonder how much a burden strikes are on the food stamp program on a yearly basis). This provision has nothing to do with saving money, and it sure isn’t about adding jobs — it’s a punitive pre-emptive strike (HAH!) against workers’ constitutionally guaranteed rights.
Additionally, the bill amends the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to eliminate the temporary modification of the Caseload Reduction Credit (no, I don’t know what that is either) and reduce state family assistance grants. It also includes this language: (emphasis mine)
Congress further finds that it should also be the goal of the food stamp program to increase employment [?QUE?], to encourage healthy marriage [ditto], and to promote prosperous self-sufficiency which shall mean the abilities of households to maintain an income above the poverty level without government services and benefits.
By denying them food and state assistance. That’s one magic piece of legislation!
I think this is bullcrap. If you agree with me, please call Mr. Jordan at 202/225-2676; Mr. Gohmert at 202/225-3035; Mr. Burton at 202/225-2276; Mr. Garrett at 202/225-4465; and Mr. Scott at 202/225-3176 and tell them The Bitch sent you!
- Representative Mike Pence, sponsor of the “2011 Abortion Provider Prohibition Act,” a bill that would zero out all funding for Title X health clinics (clinics that provide low- or no-cost family planning services and are found in mostly poor urban neighborhoods, or rural areas that have limited access to health care services) said on the hated NPR that he “never intended to touch women’s health services,” he just wanted to defund Planned Parenthood (PP, an abortion provider, received approximately $342 million from Title X between 2002 and 2008, but per the Hyde Amendment, none of that money paid for abortions). Hel-lo, Mr. Pence: that’s what defund means: to take the money away. Didn’t they teach you that in Congressman School?
- Representative Michelle Bachmann (not to be confused with the Minnesota Common Loon) “is likely to form” a presidential exploratory committee (per her handlers) and has been touring early primary states. This will be fun, boys and girls – Bachmann, well-known as a “Birther,” says whatever she thinks and doesn’t care if it makes sense or not – just the traits I know I want in a President.
- But oh, it gets better! Sharron Angle, who lost by five points to Harry Reid in a anti-Democratic wave last fall is writing a book…self-published, of course… and running for office again! And she says she’s the frontrunner! Bless her heart! And her new haircut!