Boehner not in trouble?….Read this folks….

My friend here Corey has made a statement that the GOP Speaker of the House should come out of the endless act political theatre in one piece…

That maybe…

And that may not….

I’m sticking to post of two days ago that pointed out the John Boehner WASN’T having a good week….

He’s gonna have to take some abuse in getting the House to vote for the deal he just made with Harry Reid in the Senate and the President in the White House…

Hell of a way to start your week….

And if he can’t get the votes ?

He’s in DEEP shit…..

If, as was expected, a deficit-cutting deal came together in the Senate late Sunday, the last step would be for Mr. Boehner to pass the bill through his chamber. It’s likely to be less conservative than the one he jammed through last week, and the position his caucus is likely to take is uncertain.

At stake is both the deal itself but also the speaker. If Mr. Boehner has to pass the vote by relying on Democratic votes—and if he loses more than half of GOP lawmakers in the process—he might avert default while imperiling his effectiveness as a leader.

In an early blow, the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation came out against the emerging deal because the group didn’t think the plan as outlined cuts enough at the outset. It also worried the committee established to find further savings would recommend tax increases instead…..More….

Sunday funnies. Not….Whatever Works….

We elected them, but how do we unelect them in a gerrymandered nation world owned by a multinational meglithic oligarchy? (h/t friend Shep)

CLARIFICATION: My words above (unlike the cartoon itself) are actually notdirected at the newly elected Tea Partiers, who may be the least ‘owned’ members of Congress. My words are directed at the majority of our Congress Critters, all too many of whom daily do the bidding of their Galtian overlords. (hint: that’s not us)

Whatever Works….

GOP will try to tone down Defense cuts…..

This post is for our friend Jack….

I told him about Defense cuts….

He didn’t believe me…..

GOP Seeks To Weaken Defense Cuts In Key Part Of Debt Limit Deal

One of the last sticking points in the debt limit fight comes down to how to guarantee future deficit reduction. Democrats and Republicans have agreed broadly that the question should fall to a new Super Committee, but that if Congress does not pass yet another fiscal package in the coming months, spending should be cut across the board, including from the military and Medicare.

In other words, no automatic tax increases — nothing toreally focus Republican minds on compromising with Democrats on deficit reduction.

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Thiis also from Nate Silver…..

How Far Will Republicans Go to Avoid Defense Cuts?


One of the only negatives for Republicans in a debt ceiling deal that otherwise looks very favorable to them is the possibility of heavy cuts to defense spending. Roughly $600 billion in cuts to the Pentagon’s budget would be “triggered” if Congress is unable to agree to the deficit-reduction recommendations made by a special Congressional Joint Committee.

Democratic lawmakers have argued that the defense cuts are likely to be an insufficient inducement for Republicans to consider raising taxes as part of the Joint Committee process. That would guarantee that at all $2.5 trillion in deficit reduction would be achieved through spending cuts of one kind or another.

So just what do Republicans think about defense cuts? Although some Tea Party-affiliated groups have taken a more tolerant attitude toward cuts in defense spending, they remain deeply unpopular with Republican-identified voters. A recent CNN poll found that just 29 percent of Republican voters would favor defense cuts as part of a debt ceiling deal. (Independent and Democratic voters differ: 50 and 56 percent of them favor defense cuts, respectively.)

The more relevant question, however, may be how Republicans regard defense cuts vis-a-vis tax increases, since that could be the choice put to them by the Joint Committee.
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The President and Congress reach a Debt Ceiling/Balanced Budget Deal……

President Barack Obama says a deal has been reached to raise the government's debt ceiling and avoid a default. He said the deal includes more than $2 trillion in gradual spending cuts and no initial cuts to Social Security and Medicare. (July 31)

President Obama and congressional leaders sealed a deal to raise the federal debt limit late Sunday that includes sharp spending cuts but no new taxes, breaking a partisan impasse that has driven the nation to the brink of a potentially disastrous government default.

The deal, negotiated primarily by Vice President Joseph Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), teetered all day on the edge of completion, as House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) bickered with Democrats over whether to freeze next year’s defense budget.

In the end, Boehner conceded the point, and President Obama finalized the agreement in phone calls to each of the four congressional leaders shortly after 8 p.m. If all goes as planned, the package could clear the Senate and then the House as soon as Monday night — barely 24 hours before Treasury officials have said they could run short of cash to pay the nation’s bills.

“This process has been messy. It’s taken far too long,” President Obama said in brief remarks at the White House. “Nevertheless, ultimately, the leaders of both parties have found their way toward compromise, and I want to thank them for that.”

Obama said the agreement “will allow us to avoid default and end the crisis that Washington has imposed on the rest of America.” And, he said, it will “begin to lift the cloud of uncertainty that hangs over our economy.”

The agreement would raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit in two stages by as much as $2.4 trillion. It represents a victory for Obama, in that it would allow him to avoid another politically grueling and economically damaging debt-limit fight in the heat of the 2012 presidential campaign.

However, Obama failed to secure other top priorities, including fresh measures to revive the flagging recovery and an end to tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. Obama said he would pursue those priorities later this year, when a new congressional committee would begin the search for a broader debt-reduction plan, under the terms of the deal……

More…..From The Washington Post….


From DSD….

– – – B R E A K I N G – – – – B R E A K I N G – – -The White HouseOffice of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 31, 2011
Remarks by the President

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

8:40 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. There are still some very important votes to be taken by members of Congress, but I want to announce that the leaders of both parties, in both chambers, have reached an agreement that will reduce the deficit and avoid default — a default that would have had a devastating effect on our economy.

The first part of this agreement will cut about $1 trillion in spending over the next 10 years — cuts that both parties had agreed to early on in this process. The result would be the lowest level of annual domestic spending since Dwight Eisenhower was President — but at a level that still allows us to make job-creating investments in things like education and research. We also made sure that these cuts wouldn’t happen so abruptly that they’d be a drag on a fragile economy.

Now, I’ve said from the beginning that the ultimate solution to our deficit problem must be balanced. Despite what some Republicans have argued, I believe that we have to ask the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share by giving up tax breaks and special deductions. Despite what some in my own party have argued, I believe that we need to make some modest adjustments to programs like Medicare to ensure that they’re still around for future generations.

That’s why the second part of this agreement is so important. It establishes a bipartisan committee of Congress to report back by November with a proposal to further reduce the deficit, which will then be put before the entire Congress for an up or down vote. In this stage, everything will be on the table. To hold us all accountable for making these reforms, tough cuts that both parties would find objectionable would automatically go into effect if we don’t act. And over the next few months, I’ll continue to make a detailed case to these lawmakers about why I believe a balanced approach is necessary to finish the job.

Now, is this the deal I would have preferred? No. …

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Links to video & CNN story ……


BREAKING…….Reid says he has signed onto a debt ceiling deal….

A DSD Highlight….

B R E A K I N G – – – B R E A K I N G

By Alan Silverleib and Tom Cohen, CNN

July 31, 2011 6:18 p.m. EDT

Washington (CNN) — The Senate’s top Democrat said Sunday that he has signed onto a debt ceiling deal with President Barack Obama and Republican leaders, pending approval of his caucus.

The statement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, was the first confirmation of a pending deal after legislative leaders dropped hints all day that an agreement was close.

“Senator Reid has signed off on the debt-ceiling agreement pending caucus approval,” said the statement his office issued.

A senior Senate Democratic aide told CNN on condition of not being identified that while some grumbling is occurring among Democratic senators, they are likely to support the compromise and it “will get the votes.”

With the deadline to reach a debt ceiling agreement just two days away, congressional leaders and the White House were trying to complete the possible deal that would extend the debt limit through 2012 — a presidential election year.

S.C. senator: Not ready to back the deal

Earlier, Reid’s Republican counterpart in the Senate said the two parties were “very close” to reaching a $3 trillion deal that would avoid a possible government default in coming days.

“We had a very good day yesterday,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, told CNN, adding that the two sides “made dramatic progress” in negotiations on a deal that would cut government spending and raise the federal debt ceiling.

Another Republican senator, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, later told reporters he expected a Monday vote on a compromise.

“It feels like they’re going to finish the deal today and then we’ll have the vote tomorrow,” Isakson said, adding he supports the plan under discussion.

House Speaker John Boehner, meanwhile, advised his Republican caucus that serious issues remain under discussion, but to be ready for a possible conference call on Sunday to discuss a proposed deal.

Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration agreed that progress has been made, but noted negotiations continue on difficult issues.

“If there’s a word right here that would sum up the mood, it would be relief — relief that we won’t default,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said on CNN. “That’s not a certainty, but default is far less of a possibility now than it was even a day ago.”…

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The Problems Of America’s Oligarchy. And What To Do About It…The Oligarch Kings…

The American constitutional system is not simply odd, it is not even just unusual, it is unique. It is not repeated anywhere else in the world, which is strange, as America keeps pressing its personal view of democracy onto the world every chance she seems to get.  It is part of the Great American Democratic Mission to foist the idea of her version of Democracy on the world, to encourage countries that this is the way forward to being modern, developed and acceptable.  Presidents continually press America as the way forward, promulgating the view that democracy is better than any other system even where it plainly isn’t.  You would have thought some-one in the emerging free countries over the last century or so might have decided to give it a go.

The following table (published in Robert Dahl: How Democratic is the American Constitution? Yale 2003), lists those countries with a reasonable track  record of being continuously democratic.  1950 as a base year is a decent length of time.  As you can see the number of countries that can achieve this is very limited.  It’s only 22.

Open Thread for July 31, 2011….Do we have a Deal?

Today we sit on the fence watching Senate Majority Leader Reid trying to run HIS Bill thru the Senate with the knowledge that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is putting together 

THE DEAL that will be voted on around August 2nd (The so called DEADLINE)……

This the closing script on the Political Theatre play called the Debt Ceiling/Balanced Budget  Talks….

The curtain hasn’t closed….

The President, Reid, McConnell, and Pelosi and their whips will have to close the curtain in the end…

And they are have to do an end run around the Tea Party and the hard Left…..


And the US Economy……

This place has been hopping on all of this!

Keep it coming!

The Dog…..


Many Thanks to DSD for Updates!

No Tax cuts……Winner and Losers….

Let me make this point…..

The GOPer’s have done the script on this….

There will be NO Tax cuts in the final deal from Mitch McConnell….

There will be cuts……

There will psuedo Military cuts….

There will looks at cuts for Big Three Social Programs….

As for what the Tea Party people wanted?…..

They held on…..( And will continue to..)

And got most of it….


The Democrats have been losing since last November….


The only good thing for Democrats is….

They can lay blame on the GOPer’s to their base….

As for Jack’s comment …..

There will be NO winner’s?

I’ll wait for that…..

But President Obama DOES get this issue off the table before the 2012 Elections….

That’s all…

California redistricting plan finalized……

From Poltitico….

The map is not yet complete. The commission has two weeks to hear public comments before conducting a final vote. If at least six of the members reject the plan, the line-drawing will be handed off to the California Supreme Court.

The latest version of the map has been altered from the June draft, reconfiguring several of the Southern California districts to address concerns from the Latino community, whose leaders argued that the initial plan did not sufficiently reflect the state’s explosion in Hispanic population.

But the new blueprint hasn’t satisfied all Latino leaders. In a statement, Arturo Vargas, the executive director for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, said: “We believe the Commission did not completely embrace this unprecedented opportunity to ensure that the state’s growing Latino population can achieve full and fair representation in California’s democracy.”

The newest blueprint appears likely to result in pain for Republicans, who could see a two- to three-seat loss in the state. The most imperiled Republicans include veterans like House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier, who is drawn into a Democratic-oriented Southern California seat and who is left with few good options; and Rep. Elton Gallegly, who is placed into the same seat as powerful House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon.

In some cases, Republicans who had previously skated to reelection will find their districts newly competitive. GOP Rep. Dan Lungren, who’s facing a rematch against Democratic physician Ami Bera, is placed in a Democratic-leaning, Sacramento-based seat. GOP Rep. Jeff Denham, a Central Valley-based freshman who had only marginal Democratic competition last year, is likely to run in a Democratic-leaning Stanislaus-based seat.

Some Democrats will also be endangered. Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, longtime rivals, are drawn into the same San Fernando Valley district, setting up a prospective incumbent vs. incumbent showdown. Democratic Rep. Lois Capps, who has had little serious GOP competition in her seven-term career, is placed into a Santa Barbara district that is only slightly Democratic-leaning…..


DSD Live Blogs the Senate Vote ……

Ok…..Please Go To the comments section of this Post where our guy DSD is Blogging the Senate Vote!Many thanks to DSD.(Please NOTE….THIS IS Reids Bill…..McConnell’s Bill is THE Deal….)

12:31 Sen. Blumenthal concludes his remarks with a mish-mash of economic remarks: keep interest rates stable; don’t panic the markets; Jobs, jobs, jobs; don’t touch SSA or Medicare12:32 Dick Durbin (D-Ill), Sen. Majority Whip, says this is the final burying of John Maynard Keynes (and I would humbly add of common sense).

12:27 Blumenthal defies economics but confirms current conventional political wisdom by endorsing the basic elements of the Reid plan: one dollar of cuts for every dollar ceiling is raised; no revenue increases; no touching Social Security or Medicare.

12:25 Blumenthal (Ct’s former A-G) says “Uncertainty is the enemy.”

Benjamin Cardin succeeded Sen. Paul Sarbanes when he retired.12:21 p.m. Now we have the breathtaking excitement, Sen. Cardin having concluded his remarks, of a quorum call.

12:22 p.m. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Dodd’s successor, thanks Republican colleagues for their work on trying to negotiate a compromise.

I’ll now start one of those tiresome “live” blogs à la Twitter.

12:18 p.m. Sen. Cardin says cloture/filibuster inappropriate for a debt-ceiling vote, citing previous votes to raise the ceiling.

Senate debate live! (What could match that for excitement: a moon shot? the last five minutes of the Super Bowl or the World Cup? The ninth inning of Game 7 of the World Series?)Right now Sen. Benjamin Cardin’s talking; cloture vote (postponed from 1 a.m.) at 1 p.m. EDT, 45 minutes from now.


American Presidents in Hungary…The Oligarch Kings….


 photo: Patterson

A few weeks ago I did a post on Ronnie Reagan’s statue being inaugurated in a square near the Parliament Building in Budapest.  Since then I chanced to be in Budapest myself for a few days a week ago, so I took the opportunity to continue my study of American Presidents by visiting the statue.  And very fine it is too.

Photo: Patterson

One can understand the thinking behind this statue, with Ronnie’s role in bringing down the Berlin wall and freeing Hungary from the yoke of Soviet oppression.  Except that wandering about Hungary showed me that American Presidents have long been figures looked up to in this former Soviet state even during the time of Soviet rule.

Ronald clearly has fans as the flowers at his feet attest…..


Rightward Tilt Leaves Obama With Party Rift…..

A DSD Highlight…..

By JACKIE CALMES@New York Times:

However the debt limit showdown ends, one thing is clear: under pressure from Congressional Republicans, President Obama has moved rightward on budget policy, deepening a rift within his party heading into the next election.

Entering a campaign that is shaping up as an epic clash over the parties’ divergent views on the size and role of the federal government, Republicans have changed the terms of the national debate. Mr. Obama, seeking to appeal to the broad swath of independent voters, has adopted the Republicans’ language and in some cases their policies, while signaling a willingness to break with liberals on some issues.

That has some progressive members of Congress and liberal groups arguing that by not fighting for more stimulus spending, Mr. Obama could be left with an economy still producing so few jobs by Election Day that his re-election could be threatened. Besides turning off independents, Mr. Obama risks alienating Democratic voters already disappointed by his escalation of the war in Afghanistan and his failure to close the Guantánamo Bay prison, end the Bush-era tax cuts and enact a government-run health insurance system.

“The activist liberal base will support Obama because they’re terrified of the right wing,” said Robert L. Borosage, co-director of the liberal group Campaign for America’s Future.

But he said, “I believe that the voting base of the Democratic Party — young people, single women, African-Americans, Latinos — are going to be so discouraged by this economy and so dismayed unless the president starts to champion a jobs program and take on the Republican Congress that the ability of labor to turn out its vote, the ability of activists to mobilize that vote, is going to be dramatically reduced.”…

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