Most productive Congress in nearly 50 years gets no respect from voters

WASHINGTON – The public panned it. Republicans obstructed it. Many Democrats fled from it. Even so, the session of Congress now drawing to a close was the most productive in nearly half a century.

Not since the explosive years of the civil rights movement and the hard-fought debut of government-supported health care for the elderly and poor have so many big things – love them or hate them – been done so quickly.

More can be found here

Why do they get no respect?
Foxpublicans and their echo chamber repeat lies constantly.

And “liberal media” enables them, by trying to be fair to “both sides”.
Example – they bring in a crackpot to argue against a democrat.
By the time they are done, the crackpot makes the regular silly republican argument seem reasonable by comparison, when its far from that.

So when the nightly news is showing 10-20 second clips, its hard to tell who’s lying.
But we’ve been inundated with false “massive spending” complaints over the last two years and that has an effect on the low information voters.

Read Krugman’s “Hey Small Spender”

Giants in review

Last October, I suggested the Giants do a whole lot of nothing in the off-season. Clearly, they wouldn’t be in the World Series if I was their GM.

However, I did get a couple things right:
– suggesting Posey start the season with the team. they would have won a game or two more with Posey over Molina – however I can’t fault their handling too much. The kid’s done great.
– pick up the option on Sanchez.
– leave the rotation alone.

Some things I got wrong:
– Ryan Garko. I suggested resigning him, seeing no obvious upgrade available. He managed 38 plate appearances this year.
– I also suggested signing Nick Johnson, who was injured most of the year.
– I suggested Panda at first base as an option, but then we wouldn’t have Huff’s great year – and Pablo had a rough sophomore slump
– Nate Schierholtz. The “wrongness” here is debateable, as Nate didn’t get many at bats, but again showed great OF defense.
– Rowand. I expected a bounce back season.
– Rentaria. I expected a bounce back season.
– Bowker. I still think they gave up on him too soon and I hope he has success in pittsburgh.
– I didn’t mention Andres Torres, who was the giants best position player this year (and kept Rowand out of the lineup).

The giants would definitely have missed the playoffs, in my scenario.
So for the first time – Bravo Sabean.
This is a fun team to watch, most of the time.

Rolling Stone – The Case for Obama

The charges are familiar: He’s a compromiser who hasn’t stood up to the GOP or Wall Street. But a look at his record reveals something even more startling – a truly historic presidency.

Original article is here:
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/220013?RS_show_page=0

There’s a percentage of america that is too busy for politics.
They get the 30 second sound bits, or the “angry” gop, or the confused and angry tea party.

What many don’t see, is that Obama’s doing exactly what he said he’d do.
He’s got the best record of keeping campaign promises in our history – and we’re only half way through his first term.

If america was paying attention, there would be no way the foxpublican tea party would gain seats next week.
The majority voted for Obama, but apparently many don’t realize that the republican party has stood in the way of EVERYTHING we voted for.

This article rightly describes republicans as ” an opposition party bent on obstruction at any price.”

For those of you who say – but what about the supermajority?
Al Franken wasn’t sworn in until the summer of 2009. 6 months later, Scott Brown was elected and the supermajority was ended.
The supermajority included moderate republican, arlen spectre.
The supermajority included joe lieberman, who campaigned for mccain.
The supermajority included many conservative democrats, such as ben nelson.

The article points out that both LBJ and FDR had more favorable congresses.

“What’s even more impressive about Obama’s accomplishments, historians say, is the fractious political coalition he had to marshal to victory. “He didn’t have the majority that LBJ had,” says Goodwin. Indeed, Johnson could count on 68 Democratic senators to pass Medicare, Medicaid and the Voting Rights Act. For his part, Franklin Roosevelt had the backing of 69 Senate Democrats when he passed Social Security in 1935. At its zenith, Obama’s governing coalition in the Senate comprised 57 Democrats, a socialist, a Republican turncoat — and Joe Lieberman.”

Eight False Things the Public “Knows” Prior to Election Day

Here are eight of the biggest myths that are out there:

1) President Obama tripled the deficit.
Reality: Bush’s last budget had a $1.416 trillion deficit. Obama’s first budget reduced that to $1.29 trillion.

2) President Obama raised taxes, which hurt the economy.
Reality: Obama cut taxes. 40% of the “stimulus” was wasted on tax cuts which only create debt, which is why it was so much less effective than it could have been.

More about the stimulus tax cut can be found here:
From Obama, the Tax Cut Nobody Heard Of

More here:
http://www.truth-out.org/eight-false-things-public-knows-prior-election-day64486

Most american recording

I ran across a poll on a sports blog, asking for opinions on the question “WHAT IS THE MOST QUINTESSENTIALLY AMERICAN THING EVER RECORDED?

The winner of the poll was Ray Charles singing “America the Beautiful.”

Followed by John F. Kennedy

Next up was FDR

Followed by an abbott and costello routine.
And Al Michaels shouting “Do You Believe in Miracles?”

Whitney Houston’s National Anthem got a few votes

But the list neglected to mention Martin Luther King?

And for a sports blog, where was Lou Gehrig’s speech? Lou died in his thirties from Lou Gehrig’s disease, after hitting alongside babe ruth and generally being one of the best players baseball has seen.

This is from the movie, pride of the yankees – which took a few liberties.