Monthly Archives: August 2012

Earl Bow Tie Blumenauer "No Fiscal Cliff" and Global Financial Collapse "Best Opportunity"

Congressman Earl Bow Tie Blumenauer has had some interesting things to say about the global financial meltdown and the coming fiscal cliff. His observations make him look like a man out of touch with reality. This is not surprising, considering he’s become a millionaire after all these years in congress. 

Taking a page out of the Rahm Emanuel book of Crisis Management —

Blumenauer told the New York Times in 2009:

‘For him, the global financial collapse is “perhaps the best opportunity we will ever see” to build environmental sustainability into the nation’s infrastructure, with urban streetcar systems, bike and pedestrian paths, more efficient energy transmission and conversion of the federal government’s 600,000 vehicle fleet to use alternate fuels.” 

He also recently poo pooed the coming “fiscal cliff” or taxmegeddon coming at the end of the year:


Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., thinks the catastrophe predicted if a combination of expired tax cuts and $102 billion in mandatory spending cuts go into effect Jan. 1 is overblown. The fiscal cliff, Blumenauer says, is really more like a gradual and manageable “slope.” The mandatory spending cuts, coupled with expiration of the tax cuts enacted during President Bush’s first term are at the center of the fight over how to shrink the nation’s $1.2 trillion deficit and $15 trillion overall debt.

“It can be as gentle as we want to make it,” he says. “The reason we have cliffs and triggers and trap doors and guillotines is because there has been reluctance to have the will to follow through.”

Interesting: the world wide fiscal meltdown is an “opportunity” for more spending on street cars and light rail and taxmegeddon is manageable.

Quite some management of this opportunity of this so far. 8.3% unemployment and $5 trillion in new debt. Great job, Bow Tie.

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McKenna Wins on Style & Substance At Wa Governor’s Debate in Vancouver

There was tough competition for politically-oriented eyeballs during last night’s KATU televised Washington Governor’s debate at WSU between AG Rob McKenna and former Congressman Jay Inslee. They were competing with the Republican National Convention featuring Condi Rice’s tour de force, NM Governor Susana Martinez’s star turn, and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s denuniciation of Obamanomics and promise that, “we can change this!”

McKenna parried Inslee’s poll tested and tired question about releasing more tax returns; Inslee said that we must ‘find a way’ to build CRC with lightrail, apparently unaware that the problem with the bridge is that is DOES include it. From KATU:

Inslee…emphasized that the residents of Clark County should be fully involved in the discussion about building the bridge and…said that the bridge won’t be built until the community figures out how to include light rail as part of the bridge.

“This is a reality, and it is important for those who want to lead this state to say that, because if we are going to depend on these hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government, we are going to have to have leadership that will make sure that we get this light rail built. I will do that,” he said.

 CLUNK.

But McKenna said it’s not clear whether commuters from the area want light rail. He said the C-Tran vote in November will “tell us a lot.”

 KATU asked  who won the debate and declared McKenna won on both style and substance. We didn’t need a poll for that.

I’ll be culling through these today but wanted to give you a chance to do so as well. Isn’t it great of KATU to have broadcast this event live? Thank you!

KATU CARRIED THE DEBATE LIVE. HERE IS THE DEBATE IN ITS ENTIRETY:

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Paul Ryan Coming to Oregon; Democrats Apoplectic

This hysterical message today from the Democrat Party! Republican Wunderkind Paul Ryan is coming to Portland! Maybe they know something we do not. It has not been confirmed yet. 

Democrats must be concerned. They’ve sent out a central planning video outlining Ryan’s “lies” in his speech which, as many reporters have pointed out, aren’t lies at all. Not even close.

 As Guy P Benson points out in his TownHall.com column:

To the surprise of no one, the ad’s “rebuttals” are misleading and wrong themselves.  Point by point:

 

(1) They begin with video of CNN reporters discussing accusations of Ryan’s “lies.” This is proof that the Obama campaign sent out a lot of angry emails, and nothing else.

(2) Medicare – Sorry, guys, but it is 100 percent true that Obamacare raided $716 Billion from Medicare to pay for itself. … He has admitted this on camera:

(3) The GM Plant – Part of the factory Ryan mentioned was shut down under Bush, despite the initial GM bailout (which Senator Obama supported).  The plant finally fully closed in April of 2009, during Obama’s presidency, as this report clearly states.

 (5) The debt commission – What Ryan said is absolutely correct.  The Obama ad quotes Chris Wallace, who notes that Ryan was on that commission and voted against it.  True.  He refused to abide the section maintaining Obamacare, and voted no on its final findings.  Still, he was intimately involved in the group’s deliberations and proposed solutions.  Not fully happy with the final outcome, he went on to craft two budgets of his own, with numerous elements based on the Simpson-Bowles framework.  The commission’s Democratic co-chairman (Bowles of Simpson-Bowles) has praised Ryan’s proposals to the hilt. 

Well done, Guy. 

 

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Earl Bow Tie Blumenauer "No Fiscal Cliff" and Global Financial Collapse "Best Opportunity"

Congressman Earl Bow Tie Blumenauer has had some interesting things to say about the global financial meltdown and the coming fiscal cliff. His observations make him look like a man out of touch with reality. This is not surprising, considering he’s become a millionaire after all these years in congress. 

Taking a page out of the Rahm Emanuel book of Crisis Management —

Blumenauer told the New York Times in 2009:

‘For him, the global financial collapse is “perhaps the best opportunity we will ever see” to build environmental sustainability into the nation’s infrastructure, with urban streetcar systems, bike and pedestrian paths, more efficient energy transmission and conversion of the federal government’s 600,000 vehicle fleet to use alternate fuels.” 

He also recently poo pooed the coming “fiscal cliff” or taxmegeddon coming at the end of the year:


Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., thinks the catastrophe predicted if a combination of expired tax cuts and $102 billion in mandatory spending cuts go into effect Jan. 1 is overblown. The fiscal cliff, Blumenauer says, is really more like a gradual and manageable “slope.” The mandatory spending cuts, coupled with expiration of the tax cuts enacted during President Bush’s first term are at the center of the fight over how to shrink the nation’s $1.2 trillion deficit and $15 trillion overall debt.

“It can be as gentle as we want to make it,” he says. “The reason we have cliffs and triggers and trap doors and guillotines is because there has been reluctance to have the will to follow through.”

Interesting: the world wide fiscal meltdown is an “opportunity” for more spending on street cars and light rail and taxmegeddon is manageable.

Quite some management of this opportunity of this so far. 8.3% unemployment and $5 trillion in new debt. Great job, Bow Tie.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

McKenna Wins on Style & Substance At Wa Governor’s Debate in Vancouver

There was tough competition for politically-oriented eyeballs during last night’s KATU televised Washington Governor’s debate at WSU between AG Rob McKenna and former Congressman Jay Inslee. They were competing with the Republican National Convention featuring Condi Rice’s tour de force, NM Governor Susana Martinez’s star turn, and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s denuniciation of Obamanomics and promise that, “we can change this!”

McKenna parried Inslee’s poll tested and tired question about releasing more tax returns; Inslee said that we must ‘find a way’ to build CRC with lightrail, apparently unaware that the problem with the bridge is that is DOES include it. From KATU:

Inslee…emphasized that the residents of Clark County should be fully involved in the discussion about building the bridge and…said that the bridge won’t be built until the community figures out how to include light rail as part of the bridge.

“This is a reality, and it is important for those who want to lead this state to say that, because if we are going to depend on these hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government, we are going to have to have leadership that will make sure that we get this light rail built. I will do that,” he said.

 CLUNK.

But McKenna said it’s not clear whether commuters from the area want light rail. He said the C-Tran vote in November will “tell us a lot.”

 KATU asked  who won the debate and declared McKenna won on both style and substance. We didn’t need a poll for that.

I’ll be culling through these today but wanted to give you a chance to do so as well. Isn’t it great of KATU to have broadcast this event live? Thank you!

KATU CARRIED THE DEBATE LIVE. HERE IS THE DEBATE IN ITS ENTIRETY:

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Obama Emails Grow Desperate

For four years I collected
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2012/08/rees-lloyd-romney-leaves-convention-to.html

Barack Obama
This is how we could lose the election
Hide Details

FROM:

Joe Biden

TO:

victoria taft

Message flagged
Monday, August 27, 2012 2:32 PM
Victoria —

The pundits and talking heads are talking about how badly we’re being outraised by the other side. You’ve heard it from us, too.

Three months in a row, Mitt Romney and the Republican Party have trounced our fundraising totals. And, along with allied outside groups, they’re using that cash to try to obliterate our side on the airwaves, outspending us in some battleground states by margins of up to three to one.

The pundits are saying this is how we could lose the election. You know what I say?

When you get knocked down, get up. There’s no quit in America. There’s nothing we can’t do.

This week isn’t just the Republican National Convention — it’s also the biggest fundraising deadline this campaign has seen, and one of the last. President Obama and I are counting on you.

Please make a donation of $3 or more today:

https://my.democrats.org/All-on-Us

We’ve been counted out more than a few times before. It’s all on us to prove them wrong again.

Thanks,

Joe

P.S. — I’ve seen a lot of good campaigns — with smart, strong candidates and bold visions for the change we need — go down, simply because they couldn’t keep up. Don’t let this campaign be one of them. Donate today.

Rees Lloyd: Romney Leaves Convention To Talk To Veterans


Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney left the Republican National Convention today to attend the National American Legion Convention in Indianapolis, IN, on Wednesday, August 30, 2012.

 Romney took the unusual step of leaving the  Republican National Convention at which he is to be nominated for the presidency in Tampa on Thursday, to fly to the Legion Convention in Indianapolis to honor the invitation to speak before the wartime veterans of the Legion.  He said the invitation to appear and speak to the assembled veterans was an honor which he felt could not be declined, no matter his obligations to his own Convention.  He expressed great gratitude for the service and sacrifice of  all veterans, saying it was they who answered the country’s call to defend freedom for all Americans
Please take notice  that I shall not be conveying a report on the speech of President Barack Obama, as there wasn’t one. That is,  Commander in Chief Obama  did decline the invitation to appear. Instead, he made a “virtual appearance,” i.e., he sent a short video tape of himself.  In the interest of full disclosure, I report that, in response to Obama’s  decision to make but a “virtual appearance,”  I recommended,  following the principle of perfect equality, that he should be accorded a “virtual audience.”  I then followed my own advice.)
See account of Romney’s speech here.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Obama Emails Grow Desperate

For four years I collected
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2012/08/rees-lloyd-romney-leaves-convention-to.html

Barack Obama
This is how we could lose the election
Hide Details

FROM:

Joe Biden

TO:

victoria taft

Message flagged
Monday, August 27, 2012 2:32 PM
Victoria —

The pundits and talking heads are talking about how badly we’re being outraised by the other side. You’ve heard it from us, too.

Three months in a row, Mitt Romney and the Republican Party have trounced our fundraising totals. And, along with allied outside groups, they’re using that cash to try to obliterate our side on the airwaves, outspending us in some battleground states by margins of up to three to one.

The pundits are saying this is how we could lose the election. You know what I say?

When you get knocked down, get up. There’s no quit in America. There’s nothing we can’t do.

This week isn’t just the Republican National Convention — it’s also the biggest fundraising deadline this campaign has seen, and one of the last. President Obama and I are counting on you.

Please make a donation of $3 or more today:

https://my.democrats.org/All-on-Us

We’ve been counted out more than a few times before. It’s all on us to prove them wrong again.

Thanks,

Joe

P.S. — I’ve seen a lot of good campaigns — with smart, strong candidates and bold visions for the change we need — go down, simply because they couldn’t keep up. Don’t let this campaign be one of them. Donate today.

Rees Lloyd: Romney Leaves Convention To Talk To Veterans


Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney left the Republican National Convention today to attend the National American Legion Convention in Indianapolis, IN, on Wednesday, August 30, 2012.

 Romney took the unusual step of leaving the  Republican National Convention at which he is to be nominated for the presidency in Tampa on Thursday, to fly to the Legion Convention in Indianapolis to honor the invitation to speak before the wartime veterans of the Legion.  He said the invitation to appear and speak to the assembled veterans was an honor which he felt could not be declined, no matter his obligations to his own Convention.  He expressed great gratitude for the service and sacrifice of  all veterans, saying it was they who answered the country’s call to defend freedom for all Americans
Please take notice  that I shall not be conveying a report on the speech of President Barack Obama, as there wasn’t one. That is,  Commander in Chief Obama  did decline the invitation to appear. Instead, he made a “virtual appearance,” i.e., he sent a short video tape of himself.  In the interest of full disclosure, I report that, in response to Obama’s  decision to make but a “virtual appearance,”  I recommended,  following the principle of perfect equality, that he should be accorded a “virtual audience.”  I then followed my own advice.)
See account of Romney’s speech here.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com