Plan B

English: Nancy Pelosi photo portrait as Speake...

English: Nancy Pelosi photo portrait as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Boehner’s Plan B came with a lot of baggage and was a very bad bill. But he and the media concentrated on the tax increase threshold mainly, and the amount of the rate increase secondarily. Few if any reported on the balance of Plan B, leaving the capital gains and the estate taxes unchanged and slashing many parts of the safety net. It was the old distract with fancy footwork while we pass the real meat of the plan, what we really care about. It was such a bad bill that it stood no chance of passage, even by the GOP in the House of Representatives.

The likely result of Plan B’s failure is that John Boehner will not be re-elected Speaker in 2013 when we have a new Congress, hopefully a better one, one more responsive to the will of the electorate. I doubt that the GOP will be able to choose a Republican member of Congress as Speaker. I think that the Democrats should unite behind Nancy Pelosi and persuade a few Republicans to join them in electing her as Speaker. In her previous tenure at the job, she proved to be an effective Speaker of the House.

Hypocrisy

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States Hou...

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ripe odor of hypocrisy fills the air with its rotten scent. This morning I saw a blog post from the Right criticizing Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi for not releasing their tax returns while calling on Mitt to release his. While I favor full disclosure from all elected officials and candidates for office, Reid and Pelosi have complied with the law binding them. Only 17 members of Congress out of 535, that is 3%+, have disclosed their taxes as we expect of presidential candidates. That means that Reid and Pelosi are part of the about 97% of Congress who comply with the law, but do no more.

You’ve arrived

Saul Alinsky

Saul Alinsky (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You know when you have arrived on the political scene when the Right starts calling you names. The more names, the more status. Recently I saw Barack called Saul (for Saul Alinsky) Obama Marx. Rachel Maddow has caught the Right’s attention now too for the effectiveness of her reporting. Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden have long been targets of the Right’s wrath. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has not yet arrived because I have yet to see name calling break out when her name is discussed. So if the Right starts calling you names, wear them proudly as a badge of honor and accomplishment.

Dingbat

From Wikipedia:

dingbat is an ornament or spacer used in typesetting, sometimes more formally known as a “printer’s ornament

Dingbat or dingbats might also refer to:

Sarah Palin recently on FOX called Nancy Pelosi a dingbat. Certainly a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Scott Walker part 2

Scott Walker in 2007 at Marquette University a...

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Another day, another request for donations. I think that you can judge the state of a campaign by the names one candidate uses to label his opposition. In the case of Scott Walker‘s possible recall, he is calling everyone on the Democratic side names even if they have no involvement whatsoever in Wisconsin politics. For example, “Nancy Pelosi‘s blind ambition to reclaim control of Congress next fall.” He reserved his most over-the-top names for unions with this, “vengeful, power-consumed Big Government Union Bosses have put a bull’s eye on my back.” Is he running scared? Yes, I believe he is.

Please see Scott Walker