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And here’s your lovely parting gift

From Joe Lieberman, handmaiden to the insurance industry.

Stupid Democrats, stupid Republicans

David Michael Green:

In short, Democratic support and defense of Barack Obama is a sad joke. This guy is no liberal. He is, in fact, using liberal votes to join the Gingriches and Cheneys and Palins of this world in the project of destroying liberalism and its great achievement of massively widening the middle class and sharing national prosperity. Hey, not a bad gig, if you don’t mind the whole cynicism part, and the whole spending eternity in Hell thing.

Republican haters of Obama are every bit as guilty of negligent laziness, of course, but for them there is an added element of sickness. They could never admit it, but one simply cannot dismiss all the rhetoric of foreignness and other forms of fundamental illegitimacy they revel in when it comes to Obama. You know… He wasn’t really born here. He’s a secret Muslim. He’s a socialist. He’s going to take away our guns. He’s not really an American. He bows to foreign princes. He hates America and its core values. He goes around the world apologizing for his country. He’s actually really dumb, and can only sound intelligent because he uses a teleprompter. His health care bill is a nefarious plot to kill off grannies.

This shit is so stupid it’s embarrassing. Or, it would be, if the folks trading in these tropes were capable of embarrassment. Beyond the fact that they, like Democrats, are unable to decipher Obama’s obvious political commitments with the slightest degree of accuracy, despite the plainness of these for all the see, Republicans add to the mix their equally transparent personal insecurities when it comes to Obama. It’s not just that he’s black and sitting in their White House (though, now that you mention it, that’s not right!), or that he’s a Democrat that bothers them. What makes them go ballistic is that he is so clearly more mature and responsible in his mien. That undermines their license to be reckless and irresponsible – and to favor national policies that are the same – with impunity. That’s what they loved so much about Bush, and what the codes words of “the politician you’d most like to have a beer with” really meant. It’s the guy who doesn’t threaten your greed and laziness and prejudice and stupidity, as Obama kinda does. It’s the guy who doesn’t make you think, the guy who provides political cover for your worst instincts.

I think that’s the real reason why regressives hate Obama so, despite the fact that his politics are exactly their politics – yes, even including the extravagant spending, where Obama is merely replicating the crimes of Reagan and Bush, though for slightly more defensible reasons.
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Last night

Very interesting show with Matt Stoller, who says it’s too late to count on electoral politics. What to do? Well, you’ll have to listen.

Also, in the beginning of the show, a chat with the famous Spocko, the brilliant blogger who so effectively stripped Glenn Beck of his corporate advertisers.

Campaign cash

Let’s see: Since so many ordinary people have refused to donate to Obama, I wonder where all that money’s coming from? Hmm.

Micah Sifry says they’re lying about small donors.

On, Wisconsin

All the real Dems won the recall primary last night. In case you didn’t know, Wisconsin has open primaries and the Republicans all ran as Democrats to confuse voters.

It didn’t work. Not by a long shot.

UPDATE: The election’s in three weeks. You can donate here.

We can’t give you a job

Because you don’t have a job!

Employers are still discriminating against unemployed people in their online job ads despite an increase of scrutiny on hiring practices, a new report by the National Employment Law Project has found.

HuffPost reported back in June 2010 that a number of job postings on sites such as Craigslist, Monster.com and Indeed.com explicitly ruled out jobless applicants using the language “must be currently employed,” or “no unemployed candidates will be considered.” According to the new NELP survey of a number of “heavily-trafficked job posting websites,” employers have continued to screen out applicants solely because they are unemployed.

“This pernicious practice adds a tremendous burden for unemployed workers as they look for jobs,” said Christine Owens, executive director of NELP. “For the millions of jobless Americans struggling to climb out of the deepest job hole in many decades, nothing can be more demoralizing than the double-whammy of losing a job and then learning they will not be considered for new positions because they are not currently working.”

The jobs crisis is far from over: As of June, nearly 6.3 million U.S. workers had been out of work for six months or longer, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average length of unemployment has steadily risen to almost 40 weeks, and there were nearly five job applicants for every job opening as of the most recent data in May.

In order to even out the playing field in the job market, Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) have introduced the Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011, which makes it illegal to discriminate against the jobless in a job advertisement or otherwise.

Raising the Medicare age

Yep, it was Obama’s idea. His and that little turd, Lieberman.


Cantor couldn’t come up with even $2 trillion in spending cuts.

Don’t be mean

The Raincoats:

Just a guess

That the dispute involved infidelity!

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