Thursday Open Thread

“Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.”

–Mark Twain

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. notaskinnycook says:

    So tell me something I didn't know.

  2. Zappatero says:

    So a little one day delay in giving presidents fast track trade approval (for the next 6 years, mind you) gave Michael Bennet the chance to lie to us that he helped block the law. Colorado Pols and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee helped spread the lie that Bennet is somehow tough on trade. (Cory doesn't need good press or a happy base on this, cuz he's so "good" on other issues like God, Guns, and Gays.)

    Once again, good media manipulation by Bennet, bad politics and bad policy:

    The Senate voted 62-38 Thursday morning to advance the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, cutting off a Democratic filibuster. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chris Coons (D-DE) were among the holdouts, voting to filibuster the last time around, and holding out on this vote until late, after much on-the-floor negotiating with leadership.

    Someone should ask both our senators why we need another dubious trade deal now and why we need to speed these deals up and prevent the public from analyzing their text before they go into effect. They didn't make any news on this front, letting their peers lead on fixes, adjustments, and "sweeteners":

    But Democrats and Republicans alike needed more sweeteners. Portman and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., pushed for an amendment to the TPA that would strengthen enforcement against currency manipulation, which was unpalatable to the White House and possibly in the House.

    Cantwell, one of the pro-trade Democrats, and Graham had threatened to vote against the trade legislation without some concession for reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank beyond the end of next month, an effort Stabenow said she supported.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      "dubious trade deal…………"  I suppose it's dubious if one wants to concede economic supremacy in the Pacific to China and its new Asian Bank; and acquiesce to China making the Yuan the new world reserve currency. 

      • BlueCat says:

        It does contain many dubious elements. It's not the concept of a trade deal that the opposition objects to. It's specific elements of this one. 

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          I've read some pretty in-depth analyses of the contents of TPP, both in left as well as right print media. On the left, Hightower Lowdown hates TPP. On the right, National Review seems to like it, altho some of that side simply hate the idea of working with Obama. Anyone who opposes TPP on the grounds of secrecy of its provisions isn't paying attention. While TPP has some problems, there is seldom a downside to endorsement of free trade. 

          • Duke Cox says:

            there is seldom a downside to endorsement of free trade. 

            "Free trade"…what exactly does that mean, C.H.B.?

            And can you to point to an example that exists in reality?

  3. Davie says:

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the ideal GOP Presidential candidate.  He offers the perfect trifecta of GOP strengths:  

    "This new audit confirms that WEDC is the embodiment of the cronyism, corruption and incompetence of the Walker administration," One Wisconsin Now's Scot Ross told CMD.

    During the 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker famously promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term.

    Toward this end, one of his first acts as governor was to privatize the state's economic development agency. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) opened its doors in July 2011. After a series of damning audits, which highlighted mismanagement and incompetence, and news reports of special treatment for Walker donors, this week Democratic state lawmakers called for a federal investigation of the scandal-plagued entity.

  4. BlueCat says:

    He also has that oh so GW like that not too bright obnoxious frat boy aura. So yeah. Perfect.

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