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Night Owls
Eighteen months ago, digby was saying Fergawdsakes about the Austerity Pep Squad being led at the time by Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. The senior senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia was spouting stuff like:
“$2.2 trillion is not enough” deficit reduction, and [he] warned that any new plan will likely include both more taxes and higher fees for services like the Tricare military health care plan.
On Monday, digby repeated her Oh fergawdsakes in Sorry guys, Kent Conrad thinks we need a lot more deficit reduction:
President Obama is only shooting for $4 trillion in debt reduction. “Over the last few years, Democrats and Republicans have come together and cut our deficit by more than $2.5 trillion through a balanced mix of spending cuts and higher tax rates for the wealthiest Americans,” he said during his weekly address on Saturday. “That’s more than halfway towards the $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists and elected officials from both parties say we need to stabilize our debt.”
Asked digby: "Really? Does this look balanced to you?"
That's what passes for balance in Kent Conrad's mind [wrote digby]. I'm going to guess that he'd consider another trillion in spending cuts and slashing Social Security to add up to a 50/50 split. (Let's not even talk about the fact that austerity is the worst thing to be doing right now.)
Not exactly something new from the former North Dakota senator, but it was thought that perhaps "former" meant we wouldn't have to listen to this crap anymore. At least, not from him.


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2006Laura Bush: Hillary's Criticism is Out of Bounds:

Mrs. Bush, forgive me if I think Mrs. Clinton faced a bit more personal humiliation and vitriol from the "compassionate conservative" side of the aisle during President Clinton's term of office than your husband faces today (and with a lot more grace and class than he does, I might add). Her intimate life was combed over with glee by opponents during and after the Lewinsky scandal; she was—and remains to this day—the target of some of the most misogynistic, woman-loathing rhetoric on the American scene.

Many wives in Mrs. Clinton's circumstances would have dumped their philandering spouses and slunk off to a corner of Montana to float the rest of their lives away in a lake of chardonnay. Instead, she ran for political office and won. She's not a member of some mythical Former First Ladies Club in which you, Mrs. Bush, can call in chits, nor did she ever position herself to be.

She's a working opposition senator, and calling your husband's administration on its lies, deceptions and ineptitude is her job as part of those quaint checks and balances.


Tweet of the Day:

Not to be outdone by Rep. Stockman inviting Ted Nugent to the State Of The Union, Michele Bachmann invited Baby Jesus to sit with her.
#SOTU
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On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin noted that Republicans still haven't wrapped their heads around losing the election. That gave us a chance for a little explainer on what remains of the Senate hold, and the attempt to block Hagel & Brennan. And just for fun, did the blizzard have 2016 implications? Then, #GunFAIL and a nod to the New York Times & NBC news for stepping up their coverage. Armando reminded us today's the 7th anniversary of Harry Whittington unconscionably putting his face in the way of Dick Cheney's shotgun. Breaking news of the shooting in Delaware broke into the discussion as well.


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