Ringo

I heard this Ringo Starr interview the other day, and was impressed once again with what a really nice man he seems to be.

And it doesn’t hurt that he’s up there with the best drummers of all time! You can forget what a great drummer he is because he’s not showy, like a Keith Moon.

But he’s really, really good. Listen to this:

‘Dems, Do It Alone’

Rachel Maddow:

MADDOW: “What Republicans are doing on policy is no longer interesting. It is so thoroughly, unrelentingly, consistently predictable, that anyone who thinks it’s an open question as to what Republicans are going to do about the next legislation that’s proposed just is not paying attention.

Let me be emphatic here. Let me be emphatic about one particular example. The stimulus.

The stimulus passed despite every single Republican in the House voting ‘No’ on it. Every one. Since then, the consensus among economists is that the stimulus has worked, even though it’s maybe been too small. The consensus among the Republicans is that it has been a horrible, giant thing that hasn’t done any good at all.

[…] If there’s one thing that Republicans agree on now is that the stimulus is a bad, bad policy. It’s a bad idea that does bad things. It’s a bad President’s bad way of making a bad economy more bad because he’s bad. Stimulus BAD.

Also… Stimulus GOOD!

What you’re looking at here are pictures of the same Republicans who have trashed the stimulus as a bad, bad thing, in there home districts taking credit for all the good things the stimulus has done. That’s Bobby Jindal, there, governor of Louisiana, who has railed against the stimulus and then gone around the state handing out big fake checks with his own name on them, as if the money came form HIM, instead of from the stimulus he has been railing against. Then there’s Congressman Phil Gingrey of Georgia. That’s him getting all Publisher’s Clearinghouse with a giant check for funds he voted against, and then criticized as worth than worthless. He called the money in that check he’s holding a boondoggle and a dismal failure.

And it’s not just a couple of these guys who have been caught like this, either…

[…] Republican Mike Castle of Delaware trashed the stimulus, voted ‘No,’ then praised it’s effect in his home district by sending out press releases touting how imperative those funds were.

Do you want to see Mike Castle of Delaware handing out one of those giant checks? (Shows Photo) Yeah. As if he hadn’t actually voted to KILL the money that’s in that check. Mike Castle’s running for Senator from Delaware now, presumably on the platform of being a giant hypocrite.

Republican Eric Cantor not only trashed the stimulus and voted ‘No’ on it. He coordinated the feat of having all House Republicans vote against it. Then he held a job fair in his home district at which nearly half of the companies who were at the job fair, because they were in a position to hire, had received stimulus funds.

[…] Republican John Carter of Texas trashed the stimulus, voted ‘No,’ then praised its effect in his home district by saying it was a victory for the economy in central Texas.

Republican Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania trashed the stimulus, voted ‘No,’ then praised its effect in his home district by saying it would be great for employment in the area.

Shall I go on?

I could. I could keep going till the top of the hour and beyond. But you get the idea, right? This stuff isn’t secret. The conservative newspaper The Washington Times had a big feature on this today. Politico has reported on it, as well, calling what the Republicans are doing here a ‘cash-and-trash’ strategy. The blog ThinkProgress has done yeoman’s work tallying up all the Republicans who have done this and posting pictures of them handing out the giant checks representing the funds…

Even the President has called out Republicans for attending ribbon cuttings for stimulus-funded projects that they voted against. The White House has put some of the documentation of Republican hypocrisy on this in writing.

None of this is a secret. Which is the most important thing to understand about it.

Republicans, right now, do not care about policy. By which I mean, they will not vote for things that even they admit are good policies. On policy terms they have been caught bragging on the stimulus as good policy. I have no doubt that some of them think that health reform is good policy. We know they think that things like a deficit commission or cap-and-trade or pay/go are good policy, because they’re on the record supporting them, but they’re not going to vote for them BECAUSE:

Screw Policy. Screw what even they believe is good for the country. Screw what even they believe is good for their own districts. They are not voting ‘Yes.’ For even things they agree with. For anything substantive. They are not going to vote ‘Yes’ for anything substantive that this President supports. It’s not going to happen.

You’re not going to earn Republican votes for a second stimulus, for example, by pointing out that it’s good policy that creates jobs. We know they already know that. They concede that in their home districts. And they’re STILL not voting for it.

And they are unembarrassed about this fact. They are not embarrassed. Charging them with hypocrisy, appealing to their better, more practical, more ‘what’s best for the country’ patriotic angels is like trying to teach your dog to drive. It wastes a lot of time, it won’t work, and ultimately the dog comes out of the exercise less embarrassed for failing then you do for trying.

Grow up , Democrats. Face the music. Do it alone. You’re the majority. Kill the filibuster if they won’t let you use that majority. The country needs you to.

Heh

Local anchorman doing snow coverage: “We have to work to keep up with this, we’re running out of cliches.”

Snow Etiquette

I thought this was pretty funny. Apparently D.C. residents don’t know the rules of snow shoveling: As in, if you dig the spot out, is it yours?

Let’s put it this way: There’s such a thing as common sense. If your neighbor shovels out a parking spot and then you park your car in his spot, you’re not only a dick, you’re going to get your tires flattened.

Off The Hook

I just came home from assorted errands and man, it’s CRAZY out there. This new storm will come with even stronger winds, so the weather forecasters are telling people to prepare for power failures. Well, that’s a classic recipe for panic!

The supermarket parking lot is so crowded, people are blocking in the other cars. I mean, there is not one single parking spot left. People have filled the entire shopping center lot, and that of the nearby Applebee’s. It’s just plain nuts.

My tank was on empty, so I had to get gas. (Another one of the Dad-isms: “Make sure you have a full tank when you drive in the snow, it’ll give you traction.”) I filled up, then crawled home the half-mile or so in heavy traffic.

Coming attractions:

Helping Haiti

I am so pleased this is finally happening. Haiti has been burdened by its national debt for a long time and this will help speed their recovery from the massive earthquake – assuming everyone keeps their word:

The world’s leading industrialised nations have pledged to write off the debts that Haiti owes them, following a devastating earthquake last month.

Canada’s finance minister announced at a summit in Iqaluit, northern Canada, that Group of Seven countries planned to cancel Haiti’s bilateral debts.

Jim Flaherty said he would encourage international lenders to do the same.

Some $1.2bn (£800m) of Haiti’s debts to countries and international lending bodies has already been cancelled.

“We are committed in the G7 to the forgiveness of debt, in fact all bilateral debt has been forgiven by G7 countries vis-a-vis Haiti,” Mr Flaherty said at the end of the two day gathering of finance ministers.

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