laugh-your-head-off:

hahahahaha.

laugh-your-head-off:

hahahahaha.

squashed:

thedailywhat:

Macro of the Day: This should have been his official statement.
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I guess that sort of sums it up.

squashed:

thedailywhat:

Macro of the Day: This should have been his official statement.

[@tanehisi.]

I guess that sort of sums it up.

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Chag Sameach from the White House to Your House!
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, April 18, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Chag Sameach from the White House to Your House!

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P041811PS-0525:

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, April 18, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

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"Worst of all, this is a vision that says even though America can’t afford to invest in education or clean energy; even though we can’t afford to care for seniors and poor children, we can somehow afford more than a trillion dollars in new tax breaks for the wealthy. Think about it. In the last decade, the average income of the bottom ninety per cent of all working Americans actually declined. The top one per cent saw their income rise by an average of more than a quarter of a million dollars each. And that’s who needs to pay less taxes? They want to give people like me a two-hundred-thousand-dollar tax cut that’s paid for by asking thirty-three seniors to each pay six thousand dollars more in health costs? That’s not right, and it’s not going to happen as long as I’m President…The fact is, their vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America. As Ronald Reagan’s own budget director said, there’s nothing “serious” or “courageous” about this plan."

President Obama, on the proposed Republican budget/deficit plan. April 13, 2011 (via thesmithian)

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squashed:

As regular readers know, one of my favorite drums to beat is how successful the Obama administration has been in smaller, less dramatic programs that quietly significantly advance progressive goals.1 The Clean Fleets Program behind the link will help companies replace about 20,000 dirty vehicles with 20,000 cleaner vehicles. This isn’t going to stop global warming—but it should take a small bite out of our greenhouse gas emissions. And—since we’re not sufficiently energized and organized to make cap and trade legislation politically viable—tackling the problem piecemeal will do more than failing to tackle it comprehensively.


  1. For Marco and perhaps one or two others who will get the analogy: The Republicans base defenses have wreaked havoc on Obama’s krogoths, but around 200 Sumos got through the breach and are wreaking absolute havoc, killin’ their d00dz. 

jonathan-cunningham:

Since Obama was inaugurated, the Dow Jones has increased more than 50% — from 8,000 to more than 12,000; the wealthiest recieved a massive tax cut; the top marginal tax rate was three times less than during the Eisenhower years and substantially lower than during the Reagan years; income and wealth inequality are so vast and rising that it is easily at Third World levelsmeanwhile, “the share of U.S. taxes paid by corporations has fallen from 30 percent of federal revenue in the 1950s to 6.6 percent in 2009.”  During this same time period, the unemployment rate has increased from 7.7% to 8.9%;millions of Americans have had their homes foreclosed; and the number of Americans living below the poverty line increased by many millions, the largest number since the statistic has been recorded.  Can you smell Obama’s radical egalitarianism and Marxist anti-business hatred yet?

Then there are those whom Obama has empowered.  His first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is a business-revering corporatist who made close to $20 million in 3 short years as an investment banker, while his second, Bill Daley, served for years as JP Morgan’s Midwest Chairman.  His Treasury Secretary is undoubtedly the most loyal and dedicated servant Wall Street has ever had in that position, while Goldman Sachs officials occupy so many key positions in his administration that a former IMF and Salomon Brothers executive condemned what he called“Goldman Sachs’s seeming lock on high-level U.S. Treasury jobs.”  Obama’s former OMB Director recently left to take a multi-million-dollar position with Citigroup.  From the start, Obama’s economic policies were shaped by the Wall Street-revering neo-liberal Rubinites who did so much to serve corporate America during the Clinton years.  Meanwhile, the President’s choice to head his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness — General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt — heads a corporation that ”despite $14.2 billion in worldwide profits - including more than $5 billion from U.S. operations - [] did not owe taxes in 2010”:  an appointment the White House still defends.

The full article is about the Koch brother’s whining and the laughable self-pitying attitude that the wealthiest people in our country have, but I thought this section was very informative.  Obama is cast in an “ultra-liberal anti-business” light, but the facts tell a different story.  So why does the idea that he’s some anti-business Marxist persist?  The billionaires who can afford to create their own narrative (the Kochs) and the billionaires who own their own media empires (Murdoch) say so, that’s why!  When you can buy your own facts, you know you’ve made it.

This is less a Thing Obama Did Right than a “why the hell is the business community still complaining.”

(via politiblog)

HATE TAXES?

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Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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fuckyeahfirstfamily:

President Obama & the First Lady talk about bullying and the growing movement to make our communities places where young people can thrive. The first-ever White House Conference on Bullying Prevention is Thursday.

WhiteHouse.gov/live will have live video throughout the day, including online chats where you can discuss bullying with experts on the subject. The White House is already taking questions for one of them, and you can RSVP for a special “Facebook Live” chat here.

Learn more about the issue at StopBullying.gov and make sure you join StopBullying.gov’s facebook page.