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#1 Jan 22 2013 at 7:57 AM Rating: Decent
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No Inaugural thread?

Malia is looking an awful lot like her mom. I wonder what it would be like to spend nearly all your formative years growing up in the white house? She'll be 18 when her term is over.

I expected our speech to end with a big old national hug. We sure were feeling the national love. We were relieved to hear climate change make it's way back onto the presidential notepad. We liked the lack of gloom and doom economic forecasting. We agree that it's time for peace though feel that perhaps the president is overly optimistic - though consciously so.

Over-all I enjoyed the presidents second inaugural speech but couldn't help but make a little mental hatch mark every time he said something that I thought would rile up the right. I lost count. Personally, if it were me, I'd have been a bit more sensitive. Chances are not many of the cowboys were watching/listening anyways.

I liked the tall boots that both Jill and Michelle showed off when climbing the white house steps. I'm gonna have to get me some of them. Smiley: wink
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I'll be honest, the only reason I even knew there was an Inauguration this weekend was due to right-wing facebook friends complaining about it. From what they complained about, it seems like:

- It went well, as they had nothing worthwhile to complain about.
- Clinton had an awesomely typical shot of him checking out some girl.

I really had no interest in the entire thing though.
Oh, and apparently yesterday was Stonewall Jackson's birthday. After seeing a few posts about the "War of Northern Aggression," I was tempted to make a meme image saying "Stonewall Jackson: shot by his fellow Confederates. This is why southerners can't be trusted with their guns." Smiley: tongue
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I also noticed that the older girl (I don't know which is which) looked just like the First Mom. And we did see Chelsea's teenage years also; now she seems to be trying to emulate her mum. Remember those frizzy curls? Ha!
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Over-all I enjoyed the presidents second inaugural speech but couldn't help but make a little mental hatch mark every time he said something that I thought would rile up the right. I lost count. Personally, if it were me, I'd have been a bit more sensitive.

It's not as though he's running for election again. He's coming off a string of victories (not the least of which was a large electoral victory) so the time to press the advantage is now.
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Chances are not many of the cowboys were watching/listening anyways.
They probably TiVo'd it and are watching it over and over, word for word, to complain about.
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I only heard the couple of clips they played on 1010 wins. I got the impression that the media spent more time discussing the outfits of Michelle and the other women present than they did talking the speech or content.
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Republicans raging that they'll never buy another Kelly Clarkson song again after she betrayed them by performing is pretty funny times.
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Oh no, not Kelly Clarkson.
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I could just imagine Obama trying to decide, if he should tap that blond girl...or the black blond girl.
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Racist.

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Malia is looking an awful lot like her mom.


Racist x2.
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Malia is looking an awful lot like her mom.


Racist x2.
If I said she looked like her father would it be sexist?

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Caught about 10 minutes of it or so while the Mrs. was channel surfing. It was part of the parade and there were marching bands and a dragon dance team. The commentators were saying everyone should be happy because it's a celebration of democracy and a non-partisan thing.

Then we flipped to Amish Mafia.
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It's not as though he's running for election again. He's coming off a string of victories (not the least of which was a large electoral victory) so the time to press the advantage is now.


Some would say "press the advantage", some wold say "overreach arrogantly and fail to accomplish anything meaningful". Hopefully he'll avoid hubris, but he's rarely described as "humble"
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Personally, if it were me, I'd have been a bit more sensitive.


FUck that Shit. He spent four years trying to conciliate and build bridges, to absolutely no effect.
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Some would say "press the advantage", some wold say "overreach arrogantly and fail to accomplish anything meaningful".

Some would Smash. Like Republicans. Are you a Republican, Smash? Because it sounds like you need to take your Limbaugh-listening *** back to Glenn Beck's Libertarian Playland with that attitude.
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[****** that ****. He spent four years trying to conciliate and build bridges, to absolutely no effect. [/b]

No effect? He did lose the house during a redistricting year and allow the GOP to Gerrymander in what's like an effective majority for the next decade or so. That was an effect.
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And in news sure to bring the administration down, allegedly Beyonce lip-synced.
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.... Beyonce lip-synced.

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I heard the whole inauguration was a sham event and Obama was never legitimately sworn in on Monday!
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I heard he was sworn in twice and is illegally serving a third term concurrently with his second.
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Makes sense that John Roberts would be complicit in it. His support of Obamacare proved that he was a liberal plant designed to one day raise Obama to the rank of Fuhrer.
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Makes sense that John Roberts would be complicit in it. His support of Obamacare proved that he was a liberal plant designed to one day raise Obama to the rank of Fuhrer.

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FUck that Shit. He spent four years trying to conciliate and build bridges, to absolutely no effect.


You honestly think that's what he was doing? He's been playing partisan hardball for four years, and while it's gotten some things for his "side", it's cost a **** of a lot as well. I just find it bizarre that anyone would look at the problems over the last term, conclude that Obama needs to change his approach, but then argue that he needs to be more partisan. Um... He's been uber-partisan. He needs to be less so. But his speech suggests he has no intention of doing so. So expect 4 more years of gridlock and nothing getting done. And while Obama was able to just barely get re-elected on his "historical president" nature this time around, do you really think that whomever the Dems prop up as a successor in 4 years will be able to make the public forget just how bad things have been with a Democrat in the White House?

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So expect 4 more years of gridlock and nothing getting done.
Well, yeah. There are still conservatives.
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So expect 4 more years of gridlock and nothing getting done.
Well, yeah. There are still conservatives.


If your only chance to accomplish anything is to wait until all conservatives are gone, you'll be waiting a long long time. See why Obama's approach isn't productive?
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See why Obama's approach isn't productive?
I agree. The conservatives are ruining everything. Smiley: crymore
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He's been playing partisan hardball for four years, and while it's gotten some things for his "side", it's cost a **** of a lot as well.


That's a lie and you know it. Smiley: disappointed

He didn't have to do squat the first two years; just sit back and let Pelosi do all the dirty work. Smiley: cool
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He's been playing partisan hardball for four years, and while it's gotten some things for his "side", it's cost a **** of a lot as well.


That's a lie and you know it. Smiley: disappointed

He didn't have to do squat the first two years; just sit back and let Pelosi do all the dirty work. Smiley: cool


Sure. Obama has shown that he is only able of getting things done when he only has to get the cooperation of people who already agree with him. He's shown absolutely zero ability to work with anyone who doesn't. Which honestly shouldn't surprise us. His entire work history consisted of working only with people who all agreed with him. He's never needed to actually win someone over to his position, nor to find common ground and agreement with those who disagreed with him in any substantial way.

I suspect he honestly doesn't know how to compromise. It's not even a matter of him not wanting to. He's like a child who's always gotten exactly what he wanted one day running into someone who says "no", and has absolutely no clue what to do at that point. He has no experience with it. The very concept of having to work with anyone who doesn't just automatically give him whatever he wants is foreign to him. So it's not surprising that partisan gridlock has been nearly absolute since he's taken office.

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Interestingly, the House's strategy to avoid getting primaried without completely gumming up Washington for the next two years is to just say ********** this ****" and make the Senate do all the work. Let them take all the blame.

First it was the taxes, now it's the debt ceiling. What's next, immigration reform?

This frees up the House to pander incessantly to the base back home by creating additional bills to repeal Obamacare, none of which will go anywhere.
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I suspect he honestly doesn't know how to compromise. It's not even a matter of him not wanting to.


I'm sure he does, I'm sure they all do. But until compromise is what gets them elected, there's no reason to sell out your supporters for the greater good. No evil empire to scare us into unity these days I suppose.
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If your only chance to accomplish anything is to wait until all conservatives are gone, you'll be waiting a long long time. See why Obama's approach isn't productive?

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I suspect he honestly doesn't know how to compromise. It's not even a matter of him not wanting to.


I'm sure he does, I'm sure they all do. But until compromise is what gets them elected, there's no reason to sell out your supporters for the greater good. No evil empire to scare us into unity these days I suppose.

Sounds like the world needs a good, alien invasion. Maybe The Borg will happen by.
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And while Obama was able to just barely get re-elected on his "historical president" nature this time around...

Hahahaha...

Don't worry, sport. Once they unskew the vote returns, we'll learn that Romney was actually the guy with the 4% margin and 126 more Electoral College votes.

Granted, it'll be harder for Romney to claim the title as one of only six presidents to break 51%+ in both elections.

A real squeaker Smiley: laugh
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Interestingly, the House's strategy to avoid getting primaried without completely gumming up Washington for the next two years is to just say "@#%^ this sh*t" and make the Senate do all the work. Let them take all the blame.

There's talk of the GOP effectively scuttling the "Hastert Rule", that is that the Speaker won't take a bill onto the floor unless it has majority support from his own party. You saw it with the tax increase vote which was largely carried by Democrats and got only about 30% of the potential GOP votes.

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Interestingly, the House's strategy to avoid getting primaried without completely gumming up Washington for the next two years is to just say "@#%^ this sh*t" and make the Senate do all the work. Let them take all the blame.


After the 50th time they've passed a budget bill to the Senate and had Harry Reid simply ignore it and not put it on the schedule for a vote, what do you expect them to do? At some point, you kinda have to point to the other guy and ask "Ok. If you don't like my ideas, what ideas do you have?".

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It's pretty much anything of consequence. The hold up in our congress is not in the House. It's in the Senate. The Dems have realized that any solution they propose will cost them votes by moderates or votes by liberals, so they've chosen to just not do anything at all. By not voting they aren't held to any position on anything. Failing to govern has become their best course of action.

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If those were the only bills not going anywhere in the Senate, you'd have a point.
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The hold up in our congress is not in the House. It's in the Senate.

As soon as the GOP starts allowing straight up-or-down 51% votes in the Senate, this statement will carry some weight.
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The hold up in our congress is not in the House. It's in the Senate.

As soon as the GOP starts allowing straight up-or-down 51% votes in the Senate, this statement will carry some weight.


I'll take that seriously the second you find me a post from yourself on this forum arguing to remove the filibuster dated anytime between 2001 and 2005. Until then, can we safely assume that this is complete BS?


I'll also point out that these are bills passed by the GOP in the House and handed to the Senate. The question of a filibuster (by the GOP) isn't relevant. The reason Reid doesn't want these coming to a vote is because it would force his own party members to have to vote on the record against balancing the budget, or cutting taxes, or whatever other publicly popular things the GOP is proposing but the Democrats don't want to pass. The reality is that the bills the GOP is passing in the House have greater public support than what the Dems are doing right now. But the Dems don't want to appear to be the ones blocking the will of the people, so they just don't bring them to a vote and hope no one notices.

It's not a filibuster thing. It's a "we don't want to be seen on the record opposing what the people want, cause it'll cost us votes" thing. The Democrats aren't governing, they are campaigning. And that's why nothing is getting done. There are hard choices which need to be made, and they've realized that they look better by doing nothing at all than by taking any position at all on those choices. That's why nothing has gotten done.
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And that's why nothing is getting done.


Nothing was and is still getting done because the main platform for the republican party was ********** Obama lets not vote on anything". Just over 200 bills passed through congress in the last 2 years. That is atrocious. It amazes me that you can be that willfully ignorant of the ***** ups your party makes and the crap you eat up that they feed you. Smiley: confused
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I'll take that seriously the second you find me a post from yourself on this forum arguing to remove the filibuster dated anytime between 2001 and 2005.

Given that the forum doesn't date back prior to 2004 that might be a bit tricky. But I did have this post from 2005 saying I was pleased that moderate Democrats would not support a filibuster of Bush's Supreme Court nominees.

But I know you really need this and you have to make sure I look all partisan on the issue to cover for your own inadequacies so you'll say how that doesn't count and proves nothing, etc. The truth is I've never been a fan of the filibuster and have always supported its reform/elimination since I've been politically aware.

As much as you want to pretend that "it's a Senate thing!", you're the one trying to compare a governing body that merely requires a 51% vote to one that effectively requires a 60% vote and attempting to pin the blame on the latter. You can try and spin that in any direction you want and it'll still come out sounding silly.
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Sadly it does. Smiley: frown I should also note that it amazes me that I am stupid enough to think that Gbaji will eventually realize what a moron he is.
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The truth is I've never been a fan of the filibuster and have always supported its reform/elimination since I've been politically aware.


Really? I kind of like the stabilizing effect it has. It makes it harder to do anything too stupid too quickly.
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It makes it harder to do anything

Edited down to the actual part that matters.

Legislation is intended to pass the Senate with 51 votes (or 50+VP), not 60 votes which has become the norm. ****, media doesn't even bother to report on the filibusters anymore. They just say "Such and such bill failed in the Senate with only 55 votes" as though that's the norm. I guess these days it is the new norm. But it shouldn't be.
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I do wish there was more they could do with 51 votes sometimes, or that the filibuster was used more sparingly. Still without a centrist party to negotiate with a super-majority is one of those things that helps ensure what is done has the approval of more of the public.

I'm imaging a 51 vote majority making it easier to get something through all 3 houses. Which means more changes and work gets done, but at the same time you'll just end up spinning your wheels when the balance shifts and the new congress passes bill after bill quickly undoing all the work of the previous administration.

I suppose in the end I blame the problems with breaking through to 60 votes more of a symptom of a hyper-partisan congress, and not as something which needs changing.

If that makes any sense...
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I'm imaging a 51 vote majority making it easier to get something through all 3 houses. Which means more changes and work gets done, but at the same time you'll just end up spinning your wheels when the balance shifts and the new congress passes bill after bill quickly undoing all the work of the previous administration.

It doesn't really happen that way anyway. And if the balance has shifted to the extent that both chambers of Congress and the Executive branch have majorities opposed to what came a year or two before, well, there's probably a good reason for it and it's what the public wants. Not to have 41 Senators out of a hundred block it from happening.

I won't say it never has a place which is why I said "reform or eliminate", just that it's used far too often (needless to say, especially as of late). If I had to make a binary choice between "Keep the barrier for legislation at 60 votes" or "Do away with the filibuster entirely", I'd easily choose the latter.
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I'd like them to at least bring back the "you have to filibuster to filibuster" part.
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I won't say it never has a place which is why I said "reform or eliminate", just that it's used far too often (needless to say, especially as of late). If I had to make a binary choice between "Keep the barrier for legislation at 60 votes" or "Do away with the filibuster entirely", I'd easily choose the latter.

I wouldn't. Minority party power is an important check against wild swings in legislation from congress to congress. Even though it's also used for occasional rampant douchebaggery, it's far too import to eliminate. The modern parliamentary process is ****** and corrupt, but the 60 vote threshold isn't why.
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I'd like them to at least bring back the "you have to filibuster to filibuster" part.

I hear that sentiment a lot, but I'm not really sure why. Do you really think 40 Senators are going to run out of stuff to talk about to prevent cloture?
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Of course not. They could read the phone book from downtown Hong Kong for all I care. Just something more than "We're going to filibuster, who wants Quisnos?"
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#51 Jan 25 2013 at 10:09 AM Rating: Excellent
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No pay while filibustering.
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